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The Met premiere.
Kontratenor Anthony Roth Costanzo har hovedrollen i amerikanske komponist Philip Glass moderne skapelse, med Karen Kamensek som dirigent. Phelim McDermotts fantastiske produksjon sysselsetter et virtuøst selskap av akrobater og gjøglere for å trylle frem en mystisk fantasi av det gamle Egypt.

Dirigent: Karen Kamensek.
Rollebesetning: Dísella Lárusdóttir (Queen Tye), J’Nai Bridges (Nefertiti), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten), Aaron Blake (High Priest of Amon), Will Liverman (Horemhab), Richard Bernstein (Aye), Zachary James (Amenhotep).

“A spellbinding production … Anthony Roth Costanzo, who sang the title role … truly owns it … Gleaming high notes and melting sound … The rich-voiced mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges [makes] an auspicious Met debut [as Nefertiti] … Conductor Karen Kamensek, making her Met debut, conveyed the ripple, flow, and quiet urgency of the music.”
— New York Times

“Triumph for the Met … In countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, Phelim McDermott has found his muse… The protean Met chorus sounded truly monumental … Breathtaking.”
— Observer

“Gleaming … The score is vintage Glass, flowing into every crevice, smoothing the day’s ragged edges and lifting spirits on a burbling tide … J’Nai Bridges’s Met debut leaves the audience craving much, much more.”
— New York Magazine

“Totally engrossing ... McDermott’s captivating, thoughtful production … makes the music visual … The most unusual and ingenious scenic element is the use of 12 jugglers, choreographed by Sean Gandini, whose rhythmic, stunningly synchronized ball tossing makes Mr. Glass’s flowing, buoyant score visible… The opera makes a deep emotional connection. Much of that is due to the mesmerizing performance of Costanzo in the title role … Long live the king.”
— Wall Street Journal

“Dazzling ... Philip Glass’s masterpiece.”
— Financial Times

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