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Philip Glass's

Akhnaten
菲利普·葛拉斯 《阿肯那頓》

5 September 2021 (SUN) 3:25pm, Emperor Cinemas  (Entertainment Building, Central)
2021年 9月5日 (星期日) 下午3時25分,英皇戲院(中環娛樂行)

23 October 2021 (SAT) 3:20 pm, Premiere Elements
2021年 10月23日 (星期六) 下午3時20分, Premiere Elements

6 November 2021 (SAT) 3:00pm, K11 Art House
2021年 11月6日 (星期六) 下午3時正,K11 Art House

4 December 2021 (SAT) 3:20pm, MOViE MOViE Pacific Place
2021年 12月4日 (星期六) 下午3時20分,MOViE MOViE Pacific Place

Expected running Time: 3Hrs 41Mins  
演出約3小時41分鐘

Sung in Mixed Language with minimal English Subtitles
以多種語言演出附有限英文字幕

AKHNATEN
  ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO

QUEEN TYE
  DÍSELLA LÁRUSDÓTTIR

NEFERTITI
  J’NAI BRIDGES

HIGH PRIEST OF AMON
  AARON BLAKE

HOREMHAB
  WILL LIVERMAN

AYE
  RICHARD BERNSTEIN

AMENHOTEP, THE SCRIBE
  ZACHARY JAMES

CONDUCTOR Karen Kamensek

PRODUCTION Phelim McDermott

SET AND PROJECTION DESIGNER Tom Pye

COSTUME DESIGNER Kevin Pollard

LIGHTING DESIGNER Bruno Poet

CHOREOGRAPHER Sean Gandini

Act I
Year 1 of Akhnaten’s reign. Thebes.

Funeral of Amenhotep III
The opera begins with the death of Amenhotep III. We see him first revealed both as a corpse and as a ghostly figure, reciting words taken from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. During the ceremony, we see a sacred ritual performed in which the body’s organs are carefully taken out and placed into canopic jars and the body is wrapped and embalmed. A ceremony takes place that represents a ritual occurring in the Book of the Dead, in which the pharaoh’s heart is weighed against a feather; if his heart is as light as this, it will ensure that Amenhotep will travel through into the afterlife.

Coronation of Akhnaten
The figure of Amenhotep’s son steps forward and the coronation ceremony begins. The new pharaoh is dressed in sacred robes, and the crowns representing Upper and Lower Egypt are brought together to symbolize Amenhotep IV’s power over all of Egypt. Once he is crowned, the new pharaoh rises up the stairs to make his first pronouncement.

The Window of Appearances
At the Window of Appearances, the pharaoh reveals his intentions to form a monotheistic religion. He changes his name from Amenhotep IV, meaning “spirit of Amon,” to Akhnaten, meaning “spirit of Aten.” Aten, the sun god, is glorified by Akhnaten, his wife Nefertiti, and Queen Tye, his mother. As the trio makes their pronouncement at the window, the sun rises behind them. 

第一幕
阿肯那頓王朝元年,底比斯。

阿蒙霍特普三世喪禮
本劇以阿蒙霍特普三世之死開場。阿蒙霍特普三世首度出現時,他已是遺體旁的一縷亡魂,正在吟誦埃及《亡靈書》。在這場神聖喪葬儀式中,先是小心翼翼取出法老遺體器官,存放於卡諾卜罈中,然後再包裹遺體進行防腐處理。這場葬儀代表《亡靈書》中的審判儀式,死亡之神會秤量法老心臟及羽毛孰輕孰重。倘若心臟輕於羽毛,阿蒙霍特普三世便能順利前往來生。

阿肯那頓加冕儀式
阿蒙霍特普之子的身影邁步向前,加冕儀式就此開始。新任法老身穿聖袍,頭戴象徵上下埃及的王冠,象徵阿蒙霍特普四世已稱霸埃及全境。新任法老完成加冕後走上階梯,頒布首道王令。

宮殿柱前
法老在宮殿柱前表明自己意欲創立一神教。他原本名為阿蒙霍特普四世(意思為「阿蒙之靈」),之後改為阿肯那頓(意思為「阿頓之靈」)。阿肯那頓、娜芙蒂蒂王后及泰伊太后獨尊崇拜太陽神阿蒙,三人在宮殿前宣布王令,烈日在他們身後緩緩升起。

  
Intermission
中場休息


Act II
Years 5 to 15. Thebes and Akhetaten.

The Temple
Akhnaten and Queen Tye begin to make the changes that he has promised. He leads a revolt to banish the old religion and replace it with his own. Akhnaten enters the temple and finds the priests performing the old religious rituals. Akhnaten banishes them and forms the new order of Aten.

Akhnaten and Nefertiti
Akhnaten and Nefertiti affirms their love for each other.

The City
The site for a new city is chosen carefully. The new city of Akhetaten—“The City of the Horizon of Aten”—is built in praise of the new religion.

Hymn
Akhnaten sings a private prayer to his god. His vision of a new religion and a new society is complete. 

第二幕
阿肯那頓王朝第5至15年,底比斯和埃赫塔頓。

神廟
阿肯那頓與泰伊太后言出必行,他們開始推動宗教革命,廢除舊教,自創新教取而代之。阿肯那頓走進神廟,發現祭司群在舉行舊教儀式,於是便驅逐他們,並創立了全新的阿頓教派。

阿肯那頓與娜芙蒂蒂
阿肯那頓與娜芙蒂蒂互訴愛意,情堅不移。

王都
阿肯那頓經過深思熟慮後選定王都新址,興建名為埃赫塔頓(意思為「阿頓的地平線」)的新王都,藉此榮耀發揚新教。

聖歌
阿肯那頓獨自吟唱向神祈禱,創設新教、建立新都的夢想均已實現。  


Intermission
中場休息


Act III
Year 17 and the present. Akhetaten.

The Family
Akhnaten and Nefertiti dwell in an insular world of their own creation with their six daughters. Meanwhile, Queen Tye is uneasy. She senses unrest beyond the city’s walls. Crowds gather outside the gates, and letters arrive expressing increasing concern about Akhnaten’s self-imposed isolation.

Attack and Fall
The priests of Amon emerge from the gathering crowds and break through the palace doors. The daughters try to escape and are drawn away from Akhnaten and into the swelling mass. Queen Tye and Nefertiti are also separated from Akhnaten, who is finally killed.

The Ruins
Akhnaten’s father mourns his son’s death. Meanwhile, the new pharaoh, the young Tutankhamun, is crowned in a ceremony similar to that of his father, and the old polytheistic religion is restored.Intercutting this ceremony, a group of modern-day students is listening to a lecture given by a professor.

Epilogue
The ghosts of Akhnaten, Nefertiti, and Queen Tye are heard from the ancient world once again. 

第三幕
阿肯那頓王朝第17年至今。

王室
阿肯那頓、娜芙蒂蒂與六位公主住在與世隔絕的自我世界。泰伊太后發現城外發生暴動,感到忐忑不安。人群在城門之外聚集,憂心人士不斷上書關切自我封閉的阿肯那頓。

蒙難與殞命
阿蒙祭司從人群中現身,攻破宮殿大門。阿肯那頓的女兒試圖逃跑,卻紛紛被聲勢逐漸壯大的群眾拖走。他們分開阿肯那頓、泰伊太后與娜芙蒂蒂,最後阿肯那頓被殺害。

遺跡
阿肯那頓父親的亡魂哀悼亡兒,年輕法老圖坦卡門在此時加冕登基,儀式與父親的加冕儀式相似,多神舊教再度捲土重來。畫面從加冕儀式轉為教室,一群現代學生正專心聆聽教授講課。

終曲
阿肯那頓、娜芙蒂蒂與泰伊太后事蹟傳頌,上古幽魂的聲音再次響起。

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