Philip Glass



Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip
Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass’s Akhnaten, conducted by Karen
Kamensek in her Met debut.

Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship of the old gods for that of a single deity. In her Met debut, J’Nai Bridges sings the role of Nefertiti, Akhnaten’s bride, and Dísella Lárusdóttir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh’s mother.

One of the staging’s distinctive visual features is provided by the Gandini Juggling Company,
whose movements are perfectly choreographed with the orchestral score. This production of
Akhnaten was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera,
where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.


Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Production: Phelim McDermott
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Choreographer: Sean Gandini
Cast: Dísella Lárusdóttir (Queen Tye), J’Nai Bridges (Nefertiti), Anthony Roth Costanzo
(Akhnaten), Aaron Blake (High Priest of Amon), Will Liverman (Horemhab), Richard
Bernstein (Aye), Zachary James (Amenhotep)


  1. Athens: Athens Concert Hall (30/11/2019)
  2. Thessaloniki: Thessaloniki Concert Hall (24/11/2019)
  3. Volos: Achillion Cinema
  4. Patra: Conference and Cultural Centre of the University of Patras
  5. Agrinio: Municipal Theatre of Agrinio
  6. Trikala: Municipal Theatre of Trikala Mylos
  7. Chania: Centre of Architecture in Mesogeios (15/2/2020)
  8. Rethimno: House of Culture Rethimno
  9. Limassol - Cyprus: Rialto Theatre
  10. Larnaka - Cyprus: Κ – CINEPLEX Cinemas
  11. Nicosia – Cyprus: Κ – CINEPLEX Cinemas
  12. Pafos - Cyprus: Κ – CINEPLEX Cinemas
  13. Lemesos - Cyprus: Κ – CINEPLEX Cinemas
November 30, 2019, at 19:55 Venues