In light of the current situation, “The MET: Live in HD 2020 – Philip Glass’s Akhnaten” due to take place on 17 January 2021 (Sunday) has been cancelled. For more information please see our Ticketing Arrangements page or contact us at (852) 2200 0022,

2019|220 mins|Sung in Mixed Languages with Minimal English Subtitles
Category: I

Akhnaten is easily one of the finest things to ever appear at the Met.”
── New York Classical Review

Following our popular screening of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, we present a screening of another American masterpiece from the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series: Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.

Written in 1983, Akhnaten is the third opera in Glass’s “portrait” trilogy, which also includes Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. Glass turns his attention in Akhnaten to the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt.

The screening, which will be held at the Xiqu Centre, presents director Phelim McDermott’s 2019 production of the opera, with star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges – in her Met debut – as his wife, Nefertiti. The production also features a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers, whose circus-like movements provide an arresting visual counterpart to the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

The opera is performed without subtitles, except for scene titles and selected texts. The director’s goal was to create a theatrical experience that transcends words, plot information and conventional storytelling. He wanted the audience to be overtaken by the hypnotic nature of the music, visual imagery and pageantry of the piece. The scribe sets the scene in English, and the text that follows – which includes ancient Egyptian and Hebrew – does not have subtitles. It is highly repetitive, often fragmented and ritualistic rather than descriptive.

Anthony Roth Costanzo, who stars as Akhnaten, will give a free online lecture on “How to Innovate a Traditional Art Form” on 6 January 2021 (Wednesday). Participants of this lecture are eligible for special discounted tickets ($200) for the screening. Please visit the web page for the lecture for more information.

Sung in Mixed Languages with Minimal English Subtitles

Creative Team:
Composer: Philip Glass
Director: Phelim McDermott
Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Choreographer: Sean Gandini
Main Cast: Anthony Roth Costanzo, J’Nai Bridges

17 January 2021 (Sunday)

Approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes including two intermissions

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre


For senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and full-time students on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.

FAMA members are eligible for concessionary tickets bought online, via telephone booking, or in person at the Xiqu Centre ticket office on submission of promotion code.

Concessionary tickets are available upon presentation of tickets for the screening at the Xiqu Centre of “The MET: Live in HD 2020 – The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”, but only if the tickets for “The MET: Live in HD 2020 – Philip Glass’s Akhnaten” are bought in person at the Xiqu Centre ticket office.

Participants of the online lecture “How to Innovate a Traditional Art Form” are eligible for special discounted tickets. Tickets may be bought online, via telephone booking or in person at the Xiqu Centre ticket office, and participants should present the promotion code contained in the confirmation email for the lecture.


  • In line with the latest government regulations and in the interests of community health, the seating capacity is currently operating at reduced levels which may affect the admission and seating arrangement. Please check back for event announcements and updates.
  • Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please provide contact information when purchasing tickets.
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • Special seating arrangements are being implemented. Please follow the instructions of our staff.
    • If you have travelled outside Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Programme Enquiries:
Ms Lee (852) 2200 0377,

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Organised by West Kowloon

Co-organised by:
Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Ltd.
Tickets available from 11 December 2020 (Friday) at 10:00am.

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