How an opera gets made

Vox gets a peek behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Akhnaten is a modern opera by Philip Glass, first performed in 1984. It tells the story, through a minimalist and mesmerizing score, of the Egyptian pharaoh who is considered the first monotheist. Estelle follows the opera's lead, Anthony Roth Costanzo, through the various phases of rehearsal, from working with his vocal coach in a Manhattan apartment to taking the stage in a dress covered in doll heads, surrounded by jugglers.
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  • Thanks so much for watching this video! At the beginning of the piece I show a few seconds of that six minute “Ah” scene which occurs during the second act of the opera. For video lab members, I’ve linked the entire sitzprobe rehearsal of that scene so you’ll get a better sense of how insanely challenging singing it is. Watch it here: Enjoy! - Estelle

    VoxVoxHace un mes
    • Sitzprobe wird großgeschrieben.

      Franz HubertusFranz HubertusHace 2 días
    • I just watched the opera last month and it was amazing

      Julian AchilleJulian AchilleHace un mes
    • Astonishing! Crushi 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤

      Crushi .Music, Art & Love.Crushi .Music, Art & Love.Hace un mes
  • Horror vibe 😫😬

    Bibek ShresthaBibek ShresthaHace 3 horas
  • Sitzprobe was translated wrong. It really means sitting rehearsal. You’re welcome! - a German musician

    Kyra Birklein vlogsKyra Birklein vlogsHace un día
  • please tell me that one guy puts cloths on at some point!

    Abigail CookAbigail CookHace 3 días
  • Karen is a master conductor. This opera was the best. We saw it opening night. A work of art a masterpiece! Brava !

    Lee CastilloLee CastilloHace 10 días
  • did he have to wax to walk around naked?

    Blueflower LBlueflower LHace 10 días
  • Funny how most of these people can get substituted by one computer program

    Vikram SinghVikram SinghHace 12 días
  • 5:15 society i think we can accept her as a normal human being

    CrazyCrazyHace 15 días
  • I am astounded!!! I can’t wait to go and see this! 🤩😆

    Leadrick PattersonLeadrick PattersonHace 15 días
  • Going to an opera in a few weeks!

    CorgisCorgisHace 15 días
  • That was great, can't wait t see it in cinema through HD Live. Thanx!!!

    PD ZombiePD ZombieHace 15 días
  • Oh god everyone is soooo nice!!!

    Vanshika SharmaVanshika SharmaHace 16 días
  • When they said 7:53 I felt that.

    TristanrylanTristanrylanHace 16 días
  • caren and Karen are in charhe

    Nineteen 19Nineteen 19Hace 16 días
  • Apparently opera is more sensible than theatre because no matter what those vocal practices we are being slightly silly like for example when I did Hamilton we were running "my shot" people were jumping around and like doing fortnite esc moves to the beat of the music in fact our John Lauren's was signing the song along and I was throwing my arms around while playing the man himself (or mayhaps that is the fact that we are mostly teenagers)

    Cassandra CalderCassandra CalderHace 17 días
  • egyptian isn’t a language,,,

    JadeJadeHace 17 días
  • The Karens of the opera

    Raven HoranRaven HoranHace 20 días
  • I wanna go there!

    Trigger RandomTrigger RandomHace 24 días
  • This opera was created by a collaboration of multiple geniuses. Minimalist opera about ancient Egypt and no real plot? SIGN ME UP- oh wait I'm broke

    Tess CrelliTess CrelliHace 24 días
  • This is AWESOME.

    Kid DominoKid DominoHace 26 días
  • Magic without hard work can ever be accomplished. I wish so bad I could afford to go to new york and watch this opera.

    FAL GFAL GHace 26 días
  • cool! wanna see it

    SeinoSeinoHace 26 días
  • I want to go and watch it...

    vijara chakravijara chakraHace 27 días
  • "Egyptian" is not a language - It's Arabic!

    Suheil DamounySuheil DamounyHace 27 días
    • That Egyptians 🇪🇬 speak Arabic now does not change the fact that Egyptian was a language long ago.

      JeffJeffHace 19 días
  • A white man playing an Egyptian... guess I don't need to get into opera

    Josh JamesJosh JamesHace 27 días
  • This was one of the most fascinating operas that I have ever seen. It was a spectacular production.

    Robert WhittingtonRobert WhittingtonHace 28 días
  • Pretentious , intellectual clap track... I think Verdi's "AIDA" will survive this nonsense..

    thelookuplookdownthelookuplookdownHace 29 días
  • The real question is..why is an opera made ?

    davidletuckdavidletuckHace un mes
  • Kinda reminds me of that Voyager episode where there's a race that got obsessed with opera

    michael rosenstockmichael rosenstockHace un mes
  • This is brilliant. Thanks Vox

    Solino_OrukiSolino_OrukiHace un mes
  • Is he single sis

    松谷春樹松谷春樹Hace un mes
  • WOW!!!!😃I just love it!!!!

    Kristin BecksKristin BecksHace un mes
    • I had the best experience ever dancing in two operas for The Pittsburgh Opera!!! It was an AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!

      Kristin BecksKristin BecksHace un mes
  • How tf did this video get me to want to watch opera

    Max MilianMax MilianHace un mes
  • Another modern pedadogy why dont we relive old bel canto? The people deserve it seriously

    Ronald LopezRonald LopezHace un mes
  • @vox the shot with the vocal cords really squicked me out. Please warn before including content like that.

    Frank SilerFrank SilerHace un mes
  • Idk why I thought this was how THE Opéra in Paris was built 😂😂😂 Cause i live in paris and holy cow that building is art

    V RamosV RamosHace un mes
  • Thank you for making the video! Before this, i had never been exposed to operas other than by media’s depiction and seeing an overview of the process is amazing.

    shrekowskishrekowskiHace un mes
  • 6:11 when the vocal conductor's positive reenforcement is "make it rain on em"

    Laeticia EmmanuelLaeticia EmmanuelHace un mes
  • Joan is such a mood

    Lukas DorcyLukas DorcyHace un mes
  • 😂😂😂

    Kianna BKianna BHace un mes
  • Philip Glass? “Hey, can I ask you something?” “What, do you think is the meaning to live?”

    Muhammad FadhilMuhammad FadhilHace un mes
  • Really Vox? 🤨 I would pay full price ticket to go see the three and half hour show. Fantastic, inspiring video. I love opera! Thank you Vox team!

    Chrystal Bess ReddingChrystal Bess ReddingHace un mes
  • Anthony's smile is lovely

    OizysOizysHace un mes
  • I dont think it was necessary to show me a nightmarish image of a vocal chord

    JullianShinyhuntrJullianShinyhuntrHace un mes
  • Absolutely no mention of lighting design and no detail whatsoever given on scenic design is a travesty. Opera is made by the designers and creative team.

    Braxton CooperBraxton CooperHace un mes
  • Tell me why I read the title as how Oprah gets made. smh

    Abigail HendersonAbigail HendersonHace un mes
  • This part tho 6:12

    AI DAI DHace un mes
  • put it on netflix!!!!!

    Grace DGrace DHace un mes
  • I wish I could actually go there, this looks absolutely amazing

    laralaraHace un mes
  • i read the title as how oprah is made and i was like HUH

    barn bensknbarn bensknHace un mes
  • at 4:55 ...... I think I just experienced love at first sight. 🙄

    mohammed alhajerimohammed alhajeriHace un mes
  • You had already said 4 words before ESproject's progress bar left the 0:00. Why do you start speaking so soon in the video?

    Ste RichardssonSte RichardssonHace un mes
  • 4:35 “Probe” means rehearsal 😅. “Try” in this case would be more like “Versuch”

    Miriam AkliMiriam AkliHace un mes
  • Opera is NOT the ideal man

    Shrek is the ideal manShrek is the ideal manHace un mes
  • Wow! Wish I'd seen this!

    EyeLean5280EyeLean5280Hace un mes
  • Does anyone know if I can put subtitles in other languages and how?

    Anja PoletiAnja PoletiHace un mes
  • This looks incredible I really want to see it

    Bruno PolachiniBruno PolachiniHace un mes
  • I have absolutely zero respect for this man, this opera, and now the met opera house. This is disgusting.

    Julia HJulia HHace un mes
  • can u guys tour in msia id pay fr it

    frid abu.bfrid abu.bHace un mes
  • ok now release a dvd cause this looks awesome

    RoRoHace un mes