Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Philip Glass
Shalom Goldman
Other Artistic Personnel: Achim Freyer (Stage Director)
Dennis Russell Davies (Conductor)
Anton Zapf (Assistant Conductor)
Ulrich Eistert (Chorus Master)
Original Cast: Paul Esswood (Akhnaten)
Milagro Vargas (Nefertiti)
Work Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com/music/compositions/akhn
Premiere Date: March 24, 1984
Producing Company: Württemberg State Opera

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.

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Character List (Major): Akhnaten(countt)
Nefertiti(a or mz)
Queen Tye(high s)
High Priest of Amon(t)
Character List (Minor): Six Daughters of Akhnaten(3 s, 3 mz)
Reviews: The New York Times, John Rockwell, 3-26-84; The New York Times, Donal Henahan, 11-5-84; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 11-4-84; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 11-19-84; Time, 6-3-85; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 11-9-85; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 9-18-86; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 6-25-90; Time, 7-2-90; The Wall Street Journal, Mark Swed, 7-10-90; International Herald Tribune, David Stevens, 6-22-90; Opernwelt, 5-84, p. 27; Opera News, 6-84, p. 36; Opera, 9-84; p. 785; Opera News, 1-5-85, p. 39; Opera, 5-85, p. 480; Opera, 8-85, p. 955; Opera News, 2-16-85, p. 46; Musical America, 2-85, p. 20; Opera, 6-85, p. 615 & 693; Opera, 4-87, p. 460.
Length: 03:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB Chorus, minimum 24
Orchestration: 2 fl(picc), 2 ob(2obda), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - 3 perc - syn(cel) - str(no vln) Alt Red Ver: 3 perc - 4 kbd
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.
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.(pub) or G. Schirmer, Inc.(agent)
Phone: 212-979-2080
Composer Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com/
Publisher Web Site: http://www.dunvagen.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
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Saturday, March 19, 2011 - Long Beach Opera
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Friday, January 23, 2009 - Atlanta Opera
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Thursday, May 16, 2002 - State Opera of South Australia
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Wednesday, July 19, 2000 - Chicago Opera Theater
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Wednesday, January 26, 2000 - Boston Lyric Opera
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