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Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

Ten years ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now the countertenor is starring as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in a new production by the Metropolitan Opera.

Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

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Akhnaten: Act I, Prelude: Refrain - Verse 1 - Verse 2 Stuttgart State Opera
Akhnaten: Act I, Scene 1: Funeral of Amenhotep III Stuttgart State Opera
Akhnaten: Act I, Prelude: Refrain - Verse 1 - Verse 2 Stuttgart State Opera
Akhnaten: Act I, Prelude: Verse 3 Stuttgart State Opera
Akhnaten: Act I, Prelude: Refrain - Verse 1 - Verse 2 Stuttgart State Opera
Akhnaten: Act III, Scene 4: Epilogue Stuttgart State Opera

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