A Philip Glass Opera Confirmed For Metropolitan Opera Premiere in 2019


Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” is now confirmed for the Metropolitan Opera in 2019.

The opera was previously rumored to appear with the company, but has now been confirmed by a New York Times article with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

This run of performances would be the opera’s premiere with the company and it will be staged by Phelim McDermott with Costanzo in the title role. McDermott has previously directed “The Enchanted Island” and a production of Glass’ “Satyagraha” for the Met and is slated to direct a new production of “Così fan tutte” for the company, which premieres in the spring of 2018.

Costanzo has become one of the big names in the international opera world, taking on the role of Prince Orlofsky in the Met’s “Die Fledermaus” back in 2013. He first sang the title role of Akhnaten in 2016 at the English National Opera as is coming off a successful run of “Farnace” at the Spoletto Festival USA. He will perform in “Giulio Cesare” at the Houston Grand Opera later this fall and will also taken on “Written on Skin” at Opera Philadelphia.

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3 Comments on "A Philip Glass Opera Confirmed For Metropolitan Opera Premiere in 2019"

  1. Bravo for the Met. If they do a performance like the one in LA, it will be a hit, a palpable hit.

  2. Will the opera be done without a conductor, or should it perhaps be mentioned that it will be conducted by Karen Kamensek?

  3. Susanna Malkki conducted Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” and now Karen Kamensek will conduct “Akhnaten.” As new operas by living composers enter the Metropolitan’s canonic stage, so do women conductors? It would be a great article on this topic to consider for David Salazar!

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