I would love to go but its just too expensive for me and I am not going to sit up in the gods again as I did for Sweeney Todd as its bl**dy awful. I am not a Philip Glass expert (or opera for that matter) but I do have a couple of CD's and find the music very interesting and slightly hypnotic. First time I ever heard his music was in a rather dark, naughty gay club years ago and had to ask the DJ what it was. Saw a video clip from it and it truly looks spectacular. Enjoy it.
Did Philip Glass want to set three equal syllables? (Genuine question)
I have a couple of recordings of it and just listened to the Hymn where they say the name and in both it's definitely pronounced as three syllables so your idea seems plausible. I don't know for certain though.
Today, improbable (the theatre company that produced Akhenaten) sent out a mail that says (I bolded the last sentence):
"Starting this week with some news - as some of you might know, our production of Akhnaten by Philip Glass won Best New Opera Production at the Olivier Awards on Sunday! Thank you for all the kind words on social media, we're thrilled to bits. Watch this space for where the production goes next. "
That final sentence makes it seem like the production is due to continue for a little longer...
ENO have just announced the 2017/2018 season. Akhnaten isn't returning, but they are performing Satyagraha, which is another Philip Glass opera that is part of the same trilogy. Like Akhnaten, this is a collaboration with Improbable so should be spectacular. I can't wait.