November 23 ,2019
12:55 pm to 4:35 pm
LIVE - DURATION: 3 H 31
Composer: Philip Glass
Director: Phelim McDermott
Musical Director: Karen Kamensek
Distribution: Dísella Lárusdóttir, J'nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Constanzo.
Akhenaten is the son of the powerful pharaoh Amenhetep III. When he acceded to the throne, he realized that the clergy was corrupt and took advantage of the offerings reserved for the gods. This leads him to question not only the foundations of the religious tradition, but also the organization of Egyptian society as a whole, thus provoking the uprising of the religious elites and the people against him.
Pharaoh Akhenaten's life and mystical beliefs inspired Philip Glass to write an intense and captivating opera not yet seen on the New York stage, with acrobatic choreographies perfectly adapted to the score. Another first is that of talented conductor Karen Kamensek, who is performing for the first time at the Met.