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 — Indiana University

Behind-the-scenes Preview of
the Philip Glass Opera Akhnaten

February 20, 2013

In its first Philip Glass production, the IU Opera Theater, in partnership with the Indianapolis Opera, presented the iconic American composer's Akhnaten in four performances on the IU Bloomington campus (February 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2) and two in Indianapolis (March 8 and 9). Akhnaten "is based on the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh by the same name. According to the composer, [Akhnaten is one of three people about whom he has written operas who] 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."

Students joined house manager Tridib Pal for an on-stage, behind-the-scenes, up-close look at the thoroughly researched and newly created costumes and sets based on 14th century BC Egypt that made the performances memorable.

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Students listened while Tridib Pal described the inside of the Musical Arts Center and showed them the progress on the stage set.

Candace Evans, a former New Yorker now living in Texas, was called by the IU Opera production staff to return to Bloomington to be the stage director for the performance.

Students were able to see the stage up close and also observed where the orchestra plays during the performance.

In the sewing room, Tridib Pal explained how each costume is custom made for each performance.

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