Live in HD: “Akhnaten”
Williamstown, Ma- The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ contemporary opera “Akhnaten” airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 23, at 12:55 pm. This is the latest presentation of The Met: Live in HD. Now in its 14th season, the award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.
“Akhnaten” explores psychology, politics, and mysticism through an imagining of the life of the historical figure for whom the opera is named - the ancient Egyptian pharaoh and first founder of a monotheistic religion. For the libretto, Glass worked with a team of collaborators to create a text that incorporates ancient inscriptions and letters, the Bible’s Psalm 104, and a Fodor’s guide to Egypt.
Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines the production as the revolutionary pharaoh. Costanzo has made two live performances at the Clark along with the American Modern Opera Company. Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges makes her Met debut as Akhnaten’s wife Nefertiti. To match Glass’ hypnotic, ritualistic score, director Phelim McDermott employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut. Run time is three hours, 31 minutes.
Tickets for each performance are $25 ($22 for Clark members and $18 for students with valid ID). To purchase tickets visit clarkart.edu or call the box office at (413) 458-0524.