Behold, the power of the Pharaoh.

Phelim McDermott’s Olivier Award-winning production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten returns to the ENO, following sell-out runs at the London Coliseum.

Akhnaten is a mesmerising work whose text draws on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian. The opera’s unique mood transports audiences to this ancient world through Glass’s music (conducted by the returning Karen Kamensek) that combines his characteristic minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreographed juggling to visualise the rhythms of his score.

A mesmerising spectacle, Akhnaten tells the story of one of the world’s most influential figures – the Pharaoh Akhnaten, the first Pharaoh to switch from worshipping a pantheon of gods to just one: the Sun.

Award-winning countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns to the title role, alongside Chrystal E. Williams as Nefertiti, Haegee Lee as Queen Tye, Keel Watson returning to the role of Aye and Zachary James returning to the role of Scribe.

The true sun god returns to the London Coliseum – book your opera tickets now for Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.

Co-production with LA Opera. Collaboration with Improbable.



The appearance of any member of the cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt, please check with the Box Office before booking.


London Coliseum

London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES

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Access Information

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Cancellation Policy

No refundes after purchase

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached. Please show your voucher on your phone, or print this ticket, to gain entry to the event. The barcode will be scanned upon entry.

Suitable For Children

Only children aged 5+ are allowed in the auditorium.

Where Do I Go

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London WC 4ES


4.8(4 reviews)
  • HK

    Apr 2, 2023

    It was an honour and a pleasure to be in the presence of such incredibly talented artists. Eternal life expressed in absolute perfection. Thank you

  • LittleV

    Mar 31, 2023

    İt was quite slow in the first two acts The 3rd act was my favourite as more was happening - and Im sure I'm not the only one who thinks this The Pharaohs were black ... should have had more black actors But it was beautifully put together gorgeous costumes. I expected more singing and repetitiveness Overall I would go back if it wasnt as slow paced Thankyou for letting me watch this beautiful show.

  • Sussex Opera Lover

    Mar 30, 2023

    The whole ENO team are to be congratulated on a resonant, imaginative and musically coherent performance. The conductor was in clear command of Glass’s score and vital, rhythmic playing from orchestra underpinned lusciously stark vocals from soloists and chorus alike. The richness of the staging enhanced our perception of how this strange epoch in Egypt’s history might inform our engagement with more present cultural dilemmas. It was a magnificent and memorable evening.

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