Behold, the naked Pharaoh: singing Philip Glass's Akhnaten

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You need more than a good voice to sing the countertenor role of the sun-worshipping Egyptian leader. But it’s changed my life ‘Picture the audience naked.” The popular wisdom for overcoming stage fright was turned on its head the first time I was unveiled – body waxed, head shaved, and completely nude – in front of thousands of fully clothed opera-goers at the London Coliseum, in 2016. It was the premiere of a monumental new production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten by Phelim McDermott, for English National Opera. When Phelim asked if I would enter naked, in a slow-motion sequence that lasts …

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