Our rehearsals have been going well and it has been wonderful to see the opera coming together piece by piece. We have also had a lot of fun working with the singers and the Long Beach Opera staff, who are clearly passionate about their work, and that passion will be very visible in the final project.
Philip Glass' Akhnaten had it's world premiere, in a production by Achim Freyer, on March 24,1984.
Akhnaten is the third in the Glass' trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas, Akhnaten's subject is religion. The Pharaoh Akhnaten was the first monotheist in recorded story, and his substitution of a one-god religion for the multi-god worship in use when he came to power was responsible for his violent overthrow. The opera describes the rise, reign, and fall of Akhnaten.
The opera is very unique in that it is sung in four languages Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew, and English with English Supertitles.
We hope that everyone can make it! For more information please visit the Long Beach Opera website: http://www.longbeachopera.org/2011-season/akhnaten