Akhnaten, English National Opera, March 2023Posted on 19 March 2023
Open are the double doors of the horizon/ Unlocked are its bolts.
Thus intones the Scribe at the start of Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten about an extraordinary king of Egypt. The staging starts with the funeral of his father Amenhotep III, and the transfer of power. It ends with modern archaeologists examining ancient fragments, and a guide showing tourists the new city founded by Akhnaten. My review in The Article.