Performing the Past: Modern Opera and Ancient Egypt

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Performing the Past: Modern Opera and Ancient Egypt

A conversation with Anthony Roth Costanzo

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 Wednesday 26 October 2022


 Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

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About the event 

This conversation will showcase the interpretation of ancient historical records as a source for living performative art, breaking through institutional walls. The speakers will discuss the challenges of interpreting Philip Glass’ Akhnaten and of embodying an ancient historical figure in a meaningful way for modern audiences, beyond the stereotypes that surround him and his son Tutankhamun.

This event is part of the TORCH Egypt Season.

Image credit: Anthony Roth Costanza as Akhnaten © Paola Kudacki


Anthony Roth Costanzo is a Grammy award winning countertenor and producer, who has starred in Akhnaten at the ENO, London, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to international acclaim. He is in Oxford as a TORCH Visiting Fellow.

Richard Bruce Parkinson is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and co-curator of the Bodleian exhibition, Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Education Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

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