March 24, 1984
Akhnaten
Composer:Philip Glass
Librettist:Jerome RobbinsPhilip GlassRichard RiddellRobert IsraelShalom Goldman
Synopsis

In ancient Egypt, Akhnaten ascends to the throne along with his bride Nefertiti. He has a vision for his people, a vision that abandons the worship of many gods for just one: the Sun God who reigns supreme. Akhnaten's bold attempt to alter the course of history with a single revolutionary idea ultimately leads to his violent overthrow.

The powerful, mesmerizing score by Philip Glass is filled with driving rhythms and exquisite choral harmonies. Akhnaten comes to Los Angeles in an all-new production by renowned director Phelim McDermott, led by the brilliant young conductor Matthew Aucoin, LA Opera's new Artist in Residence.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Metropolitan OperaAkhnaten11/8/2019 - 12/7/2019
Los Angeles OperaAkhnaten11/5/2016 - 11/27/2016
Indianapolis OperaAkhnaten3/8/2013 - 3/8/2013
Long Beach OperaAkhnaten3/3/2011 - 3/27/2011
Atlanta OperaAkhnaten1/1/2009 - 1/25/2009
Chicago Opera TheaterAkhnaten7/7/2000 - 7/30/2000
Boston Lyric OperaAkhnaten1/1/2000 - 2/6/2000


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Next Stage1999
The Next Stage1998
Opera for the Eighties and Beyond 1984

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
03:00

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Minimalism, triadic, harmonious, static harmonic movement, spoken text, rhythmically driving. Sung in Hebrew, Egyptian, the ancient Semitic language Akkadian, and the audience's language.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Baritone, Bass, Countertenor, 4 Mezzo-sopranos, 4 Sopranos, Tenor

Original Cast
Paul Esswood (Akhnaten)
Milagro Vargas (Nefertiti)


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