Operabase just alerted me to the fact that Philip Glass‘ first opera, Akhnaten, premiered in Stuttgart 29 years ago today. Here is British countertenor Paul Esswood, who originated the song singing the Hymn to the Sun (with Daylight Savings Time, I’m feeling pretty grateful for all this additional sun too).[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0DkPUyOOfE&w=350&h=300]
EDIT: The sculptures in the video are the Tolerance Statues by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, located in Houston, Texas.
The last in his “portrait trilogy” of operas, the other two dedicated to Einstein and Gandhi, it was inspired by the life of Egyptian pharoah Akhenaten (given name Amenhotep IV) who reigned during the mid 14th century, BC. He is notable these days for moving away from polytheism to a monotheism (with him as the god, natch) and being married to stone cold fox Nefertiti.