Philip Glass's Akhnaten 2019 ǀ English National Opera
Metropolitan Opera: Akhnaten
Akhnaten is an opera in three acts based on the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten, written by the American composer Philip Glass in 1983. The libretto is by Philip Glass in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel, Richard Riddell and Jerome Robbins. Akhnaten was commissioned by Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart and had its world premiere on March 24, 1984, at the Stuttgart State Theatre, under the German title Echnaton. Paul Esswood sang the title role, German director Achim Freyer staged the opera in an abstract style with highly ritualistic movements. The American premiere, directed by David Freeman, was on October 12, 1984, at the Houston Grand Opera, where Glass's opera The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 also premiered. The UK premiere, based on the American production, was on June 17, 1985 by English National Opera at the London Coliseum. This production was revived at the London Coliseum in March 1987. A new co-production by ENO and LA Opera and in collaboration with Improbable premiered at the London Coliseum on March 4, 2016, and at LA Opera on November 5, 2016. This production is to be revived in London in 2019. A new production directed by Laura Scozzi premiered at the Theater Bonn, Germany on March 11, 2018.