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Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ at Long Beach Opera


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/music/article/philip_glass_akhnaten_at_long_beach_opera_20110322

Who was Akhnaten? For composer Philip Glass, this mysterious Egyptian pharaoh, said to be Queen Nefertiti’s husband and the father of King Tutankhamen, was a rebel-hero. In the 14th century B.C.E., Akhnaten defied tradition by attempting to forge a monotheistic religion, and even tried to change Egyptian artistic culture by moving the capital city and building a new one, Amarna, now a ruin.

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