Alumni-Club Nordamerika: Virtual Opera Talk – Akhnaten

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Datum und Uhrzeit
20.06.2020, 18:00 - 19:15 Uhr


DATE CHANGE! Alumni Freiburg Virtual Opera Talk – Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
The Metropolitan Opera has made an important scheduling change for the Nightly Streamed HD performances to honor Juneteeth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States dating back to 1865. In its place, Verdi’s La Forza del Destino with the legendary Leontyne Price will be streamed. Sarah has agreed to give her Opera Talk on Philip Glass’s Akhnaten on Saturday, June 20, instead. Below is the updated information. We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday!

Saturday, June 20 – Opera Talk at 6:00pm EDT – Opera stream available at 7:30 PM EDT
Friends of Freiburg board member and international opera manager Sarah Stephens will offer her next virtual “Alumni Freiburg Opera Talk” for the Metropolitan Opera’s sensational 2019 production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. The HD Akhnaten performance will be streamed for free immediately following her talk. Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s modern masterpieces, with star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the revolutionary title ruler who transformed ancient Egypt. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott offers an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers.

6:00pm – 7:15pm – Sarah’s opera introduction
7:30pm – Metropolitan Opera Nightly Stream: Glass’s Akhnaten

Please join us with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine for Sarah’s opera introduction that will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the opera. It concludes with the Nightly Streamed HD performance from the Metropolitan Opera.

Register in advance for the opera talk by clicking here!

Information about how to stream the Met’s performance can be found here: The stream of Akhnaten will be available for 24 hours for free starting at 7.30 PM EDT on June 20.

Sarah Stephens is the Co-founder & President of Stephens Nicolson Artists Management, an international agency for opera based in New York and Berlin. She studied German Literature at the University of Freiburg, the University of Vermont and received her BA and MA from the University of Minnesota. Sarah began her first opera management agency in 1994 in Bremen, Germany. In 2008, she moved to NYC to expand her work and founded the current agency. Her management agency represents opera singers, conductors, stage directors worldwide. Sarah is a member of the Freiburg Alumni Board of Directors. She has been giving Freiburg Alumni opera introductions over the last two years as a part of the programming.