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Experience the hauntingly enchanting music of Philip Glass’ magnum opus directed by Phelim McDermott and starring the immensely popular countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo!

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why you should watch akhnaten

Akhnaten has long since been a crowd favorite owing to its authentic rendering of Egyptian life and its memorable tunes. It is also an epitome of Philip Glass’ inimitable style of ‘minimalist music.’ Glass’ score delves into original Egyptian religious hymns in its attempt to paint a stunningly accurate portrait of Ancient Egyptian beliefs and customs.

After a hugely successful presentation of Glass’ Satyagraha in New York City, co-founder of Improbable Theatre Phelim McDermott is returning to America as the director of this musical.

The Story

Following the death of his father Amenhotep the Third, Akhenaten rises to the Egyptian throne. The coronation is marked by jubilation and joy, depicted in the orchestra by emphatic chorus signing and juggling acts. After his ascension, the young pharaoh begins to talk of shifting the Egyptian civilization from a fundamentally polytheistic society to a monotheistic one. As with most attempts at theological revolutions, Akhenaten’s new ideas invite public outrage and disgust. The pharaoh is eventually overthrown by one of his own priests. It becomes quite clear that the orchestra does not restrict itself to a single discernable storyline. In fact, it is a collection of vignettes woven together into a meta-narrative in characteristic Philip Glass fashion.

Good For

Fans of Philip Glass | Lovers of Musicals | History Buffs

Critics Review

“Stage pictures are painted with balletic poise in this revival of Phelim McDermott’s inventive production." - The Guardian

“Philip Glass’s flight into Egypt is a slow, sensuous and glittering opera.” - Evening Standard

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Show Details

Opening: 8 Nov, 2019
End: 7 Dec, 2019

Show Timings

8, 15, 30 Nov 8 PM
12 & 19 Nov, 4 Dec 7:30 PM
23 Nov, 7 Dec 1 PM

3hrs 21min, including two intermissions

Anthony Roth Costanzo as Akhnaten
J’Nai Bridges as Nefertiti
Aaron Blake as the High Priest of Amon
Will Liverman as Horemhab
Dísella Lárusdóttir as Queen Tye

Composed By
Philip Glass

Produced By
Phelim McDermott

Set and Production Design By
Tom Pye

Choreographed By
Sean Gandini

Additional Information

Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance.

The show contains adult themes and nudity, it is recommended only for adults.

Wheelchair Accessible
In-House Bar
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The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.


You will receive your tickets along with your email confirmation shortly. You need to print the same and display it at the ticket counter.

Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

  • By Subway: Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
  • By Bus: Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Ave/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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