Metropolitan Opera: Akhnaten (Philip Glass)

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Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glasss masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano JNai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the operas hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.

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