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Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel

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Thomas Adès : The Exterminating Angel

Release Date: November 18, 2017

Year    :   2017
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Genres    :   Fantasy, Music
Production Companies    :   The Metropolitan Opera
Director    :   Gary Halvorson, Tom Cairns
Producers    :   Peter Gelb, Louisa Briccetti, Mia Bongiovanni, Elena Park
Writers    :   Luis Buñuel, Luis Alcoriza, Tom Cairns, Thomas Adès
RunTime    :   142 mins.

After the acclaimed Met premiere of Thomas Adès's "The Tempest" in 2012, the composer returned with another masterpiece, this time inspired by filmmaker Luis Buñuel's seminal surrealist classic "El Ángel Exterminador", during the 2017–18 season. As the opera opens, a group of elegant socialites gather for a lavish dinner party, but when it is time to leave for the night, no one is able to escape. Soon, their behavior becomes increasingly erratic and savage. The large ensemble cast tackles both the vocal and dramatic demands of Adès's opera with one riveting performance after another. Tom Cairns, who also penned the work's libretto, directs an engrossing and inventive production, using a towering wooden archway to trap the characters onstage. And Adès himself takes the podium to conduct the frenzied score, which features a host of unconventional instruments, including the eerie electronic ondes Martenot.




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