Philip Glass' opera Akhnaten rises from the tomb in a much-praised production by director Phelim McDermott of Improbable theater company. Part of Glass' "Portrait" trilogy operas including Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, Akhnaten traces the titular pharaoh's ascension to the throne along with his bride Nefertiti, and his vision of a monotheistic world that leads to his violent deposing. Redolent of incense, mold and fire, Glass' score is among his most compelling, full of churning rhythms and spine-tingling choral sections (sung in biblical Hebrew, ancient Egyptian and Akkadian) composed using texts taken from ancient hymns, letters and prayers.
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