Philip Glass’s modern masterpiece AKHNATEN features star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who abandoned traditional Egyptian polytheism in favor of one god – the sun. The opera doesn’t have a conventional narrative. Instead, the story of Akhnaten is told through a series of tableaux. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, celebrated director McDermott offers an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers.
The Metropolitan Opera