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Glass' Akhnaten mesmerizes at The Met

J'Nai Bridges (Nefertiti), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) and Dísella Lárusdóttir (Queen Tye) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
The third in the composer’s “portrait” trilogy finally arrives at The Met in Phelim McDermott's spectacular production. 
*****
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Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
Philip Glass' hypnotic opera returns in Phelim McDermott's outstanding production that respects the solemn, statuesque grandeur and epic ritual of the score. 
*****
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A persistent meditative state: Satyagraha at ENO

Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
Glass' meditation on Gandhi's principles of non-violent resistance is powerfully treated in Phelim McDermott's virtuosic 2007 staging.
***11
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Vampires take centre-stage at Royal Swedish Opera

Ola Eliasson (Dracula) and Elisabeth Meyer (Minna) © Carl Thorborg
A frightyfully enjoyable world premiere of Victoria Borisova-Ollas first opera, turned into a giant Halloween party, where the Kungliga Operan is invaded by an audience of vampires, emaciated Victorian ladies and sinister characters.
****1
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Prom 41: East meets West in Glass/Shankar Passages

Anoushka Shankar © Harper Smith | DG
The first live performance of Philip Glass' Passages was a spellbinding fusion of modernity and tradition, an exquisite meeting of minds, music styles and instrumentation.
*****
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