Author(s): Philip Glass
Company: English National Opera
The Olivier Award-winning production traces the story of the eponymous Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh’s abandonment of polytheism in favour of one God: Aten.
It forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he explores the lives of historical figures in the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten) who changed the world.
Its libretto is based on texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in English, Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.