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About Akhnaten - English National Opera
One God. There can be only one. A sole divine being. No other God but God. Banish your old gods, my people. Worship one God. One. The sun.
Watching Akhnaten is a thought-provoking, absorbing experience. Exploring the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh, it forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he explores the lives of figures in the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).
This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. Its UK premiere was at ENO in 1985, and it has not been seen in London for almost 30 years.
Following the success of his ENO productions of Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American, Improbable’s Phelim McDermott returns to direct Akhnaten with the theatrical flair that characterises all of his work. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the challenging title role for the first time, while conductor Karen Kamensek, a specialist in Glass’s music, makes her ENO debut.
‘An inspired marriage of sight and sound’ The Independent on Satyagraha