Music by Philip Glass; Libretto in association with Sahlom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell


Behold, the power of the Pharaoh.

Phelim McDermott’s Olivier award-winning production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten returns to the ENO, following sell-out runs at the London Coliseum.

Akhnaten is a mesmerising work whose text draws on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. The opera’s unique mood transports audiences to this ancient world through Glass’s music (conducted by the returning Karen Kamensek) that combines his characteristic, minimalist voice with stylised movement, choreographed juggling and breathtaking costumes to visualise the rhythms of his score.

A mesmerising spectacle, Akhnaten tells the story of one of the world’s most influential figures the Pharaoh Akhnaten, the first Pharaoh to switch from worshipping a pantheon of gods to just one: the Sun.

Award-winning countertenor, Anthony Roth Costanzo, returns to the title role, alongside Chrystal E. Williams as Nefertiti, Haegee Lee as Queen Tye, and Zachary James returning to the role of Scribe.

The true sun god returns to the London Coliseum in 2023 book your opera tickets now for Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.

Co-production with LA Opera. Collaboration with Improbable.

Supported by The Barnaud-Bettle Family, Mark Tousey, Nicholas & Claire Prettejohn and Elizabeth Wilson

'Visually extraordinary staging'

The Stage

'Sensuous and glittering'

The Standard

'This is pure magic’

Culture Whisper

'A mesmerising spectacle'

The Arts Desk

Running Time
2hrs 55mins

This performance has two intervals.


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Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.75 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.
Sung in Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian with no surtitles.

Age guidance: 12+. Please be aware that this production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.

For more information, please contact the Box Office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

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