Akhnaten (LA Opera)

Akhnaten by Philip Glass might be my favorite opera I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe I just wrote that for a show I didn’t even want to see! After hearing multiple rave reviews from friends and strangers (I talk to A LOT of people) I decided to get us tickets and was happy all the positive reviews were correct. The score by Philip Glass is hypnotic and immediately pulls you back in time. The staging by Phelim McDermott was slow and deliberate which helped one focus on all the little details sprinkled throughout the show. The performances were bold and provocative with Anthony Roth Costanzo full on naked for the first 5-10 minutes of the show. The best part though was the juggling. To see the precision and perfection of the jugglers was just icing on the cake. They juggled things that I didn’t even know was possible and made it look so effortless. My favorite scene was when Akhnaten was singing under the giant moon with fog surrounding him and jugglers were throwing giant balloons in the air. It was phenomenal and something that I know I’ll be talking about for years to come.

-Trevor

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