Akhnaten at the London Coliseum

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Akhnaten by Philip Glass at the London Coliseum

ENO’s new production is directed by Phelim McDermott and follows his spectacular staging’s of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American.

An extraordinary work not seen in London for 30 years, Akhnaten forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).

This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role, while conductor Karen Kamensek, a specialist in Glass’s music, makes her ENO debut.

Akhnaten plays a limited season from 4 March 2016 until 18 March 2016 at the London Coliseum


Divine ruler of Egypt, husband to Nefertiti, father of a new religion. Akhnaten decrees that the sun god rules supreme, and the old gods must be banished from their temples.
But instead, his people turn upon their Pharaoh as a traitor. Akhnaten must die. Will his new faith live on?


The cast includes Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten), Rebecca Bottone (Queen Tye), Emma Carrington (Nefertiti), James Cleverton (Horemhab), Clive Bayley (Aye) and Colin Judson (High Priest of Amon).


Directed by Phelim McDermott, Akhnaten is conducted by Karen Kamensek with set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Kevin Pollard, lighting design by Bruno Poet choreography by Sean Gandini.


‘An inspired marriage of sight and sound’ ★★★★ The Independent on Satyagraha
TAGS: ENO, English National Opera, London Coliseum, Akhnaten, Phelim McDermott, Philip Glass, Karen Kamensek, Phelim McDermott, Anthony Roth Costanzo,


Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes Important Info: Sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage.


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London Coliseum

Address: St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest Underground: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
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