Great Performances at the Met: Akhnaten


Set in 1350 B.C.E., Akhnaten (meaning spirit of Aten, the sun god) ascends to power and makes some controversial changes — most notably, transforming Egypt by replacing the ancient nation’s polytheistic religion with monotheism. This opera explores the complicated force that ensues when power and faith clash.

Skillfully crafted, Akhnaten intertwines diverse sacred texts and even a Fodor’s Egypt travel guide into the libretto. The minimalist score features subtle and gradual shifts that will mesmerize you. Expect to be further captivated by an entrancing stage design featuring virtuosic acrobats and jugglers that animate this thrilling production.

Starring in the title role is marvelous countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, portraying the radical pharaoh of ancient Egypt. The brilliant mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and conductor Karen Kamensek make their Met debuts. Akhnaten is the third work in composer Phillip Glass’s series of three operas (preceded by Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha).


Monday, April 6, at 7pm on CET Arts