Met Opera HD — Akhnaten (Met Premiere)

    When:
    November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
    2019-11-23T13:00:00-05:00
    2019-11-23T15:00:00-05:00
    Where:
    HD-Cineplex

    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)

    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.

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