An Opera in Three Acts for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

Music by Philip Glass
Libretto by Philip Glass in association with
Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel,
Richard Riddell and Jerome Robbins
Vocal Text by Shalom Goldman
The Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra & Chorus
Karen Kamensek, Conductor
© 2019 / 2021 The Metropolitan Opera, Orange Mountain Music


Orange Mountain Music
The Metropolitan Opera


Act I: Year 1 of Akhnaten’s Reign – Thebes
1. Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2 12:37
2. Prelude: Verse 3 0:31
3. Scene 1: Funeral of Amenhotep III 7:58
4. Scene 2: The Coronation of Akhnaten 18:36
5. Scene 3: The Window of Appearances 8:56

Act II: Years 5 to 15 – Thebes and Akhetaten
6. Scene 1: The Temple 12:36
7. Scene 2: Akhnaten and Nefertiti 12:18

1. Scene 3: The City 2:23
2. Scene 3: Dance 5:17
3. Scene 4: Hymn 16:20

Act III: Year 17 and the Present – Akhetaten
4. Scene 1: The Family 10:29
5. Scene 2: Attack and Fall 8:00
6. Scene 3: The Ruins 9:35
7. Scene 4: Epilogue 11:57


One of the biggest hits of the Met Opera’s 2019–20 season, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten is the third installment in the composer’s Portrait Trilogy focused on revolutionary figures from world history. Starring as the ancient Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to radically alter his society, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines this performance recorded on November 23, 2019.

In her Met-debut season, Karen Kamensek conducts the hypnotic score, leading a cast that also features soprano Dísella Lárusdóttir as Queen Tye, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges as Nefertiti, and bass Zachary James as Amenhotep I. Phelim McDermott’s endlessly inventive production fills the Met stage with breathtaking visuals, including virtuosic pattern-juggling routines by Gandini Juggling.


An opera in three acts for orchestra, chorus and soloists. Music composed by Philip Glass. Libretto by Philip Glass in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell. Vocal text drawn from original sources by Shalom Goldman.

Performed by The Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra & Chorus. Directed by Phelim McDermott. Conducted by: Karen Kamensek. Featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo as Akhnaten and J’Nai Bridges as Nefertiti; Dísella Lárusdóttir, Zachary James, Richard Bernstein, Aaron Blake, and Will Liverman

Music Producer David Frost. Recording Engineer / Operations Director John Kerswell. Additional Engineering John Bowen, Ed Hartley, Robert Huott. Mixed and Edited by David Frost. Production Phelim McDermott. Set and Projection Designer Tom Pye. Costume Designer Kevin Pollard. Lighting Designer Bruno Poet. Choreographer Sean Gandini. Production Manager Steven Carter. Creative Director Matt Dobkin. Design Director Karin Satrom. Editorial Director Jay Goodwin.
Recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera, November 23, 2019. Executive Producers Orange Mountain Music: Don Christensen, Richard Guerin.

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