Shalom Goldman discusses Phillip Glass' "Akhnaten"
In this panel discussion at Indiana University's School of Music, Shalom Goldman joins IU's Egyptologist Steve Vinson, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the production’s internationally recognized artistic team: Stage Director Candace Evans, Music Director Arthur Fagen, Stage Designer Douglas Fitch, and Costume Designer Linda Pisano.
The discussion was an in-depth overview from the artistic team of IU Opera Theater’s upcoming presentation of Philip Glass’ groundbreaking masterpiece “Akhnaten,” led by IU’s leading Egyptologist, Steve Vinson. This is the first IU Opera Theater production of a Philip Glass opera (Feb 22, 23; March 1, 2 in the Musical Arts Center,).
"Akhnaten" is based on the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh by the same name. The work is the culmination of his two other biographical Philip Glass operas, "Einstein on the Beach" and "Satyagraha," about Mohandas Gandhi. These three people -- Akhnaten, Einstein and Gandhi -- were all driven by an inner vision that altered the age in which they lived, in particular Akhnaten in religion, Einstein in science and Gandhi in politics. The panelists discussed how the IU production brings "Akhnaten" back into vivid life onstage.