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Witness the tale of the man behind ancient Egypt's most anomalous period ever. Arguably Egypt's biggest megalomaniac, Amenhotep IV completely transformed his incredibly polytheistic land by imposing the worship of one god and one god only: the Aten. To secure his power, the pharaoh changes his name and declares himself the son of God. Experience his ultimate demise in this new production by acclaimed director Phelim McDermott, featuring the captivating score by talented Philip Glass.

By: Leila Elihu


Event phone: 213-972-8001
Event website: http://www.laopera.org/season/16-17-season/akhnaten/
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I have seen 3 productions of this Opera-and this production is by far the most satisfying..Amazing sets,color and symbolic content. Anthony Roth Costanzo was stunning and amazing. The nudity was well within the parameters of what Glass intended in his story of the Pharaoh,and was done for artistic effect. Even for a Glass groupie like me,this production was exceptional.What a story! What a voice! Bravo!

For someone that has been attending operas for 18 years, I can't say that this was the best opera I've been to. It was unique, but I was disappointed that there were no subtitles to understand what the characters were saying. I felt like the performance was treated more like a play than an opera. It was also difficult to determine what the characters were doing. If it hadn't have been for the program, I would've been completely lost watching the performance. The props were interesting and the voices were good, but not the most spectacular performance in my opinion.