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Philip Glass’s Akhnaten (2019)

opera • spectacle • acrobatic • Ancient Egypt • politics • royalty & rulers • visually-striking
  • Filmed Performance
  • Met Opera on Demand
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • Free
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten (2019) - Met Opera on Demand | Thespie

Philip Glass’s mesmerizing masterpiece of ancient Egypt—in an ingenious production by Phelim McDermott that incorporates a virtuosic troupe of jugglers and acrobats—is unlike anything else ever seen on the Met stage and proved a sold-out sensation in its Met premiere last season. A portrait of the revolutionary title pharaoh, whose attempt to convert his society to the monotheistic worship of the sun leads to his overthrow, Glass’s opera takes a ritualistic approach to depicting the events, hypnotizing the listener with its repetitive yet immersive music.

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