Adès: The Exterminating Angel (DVD) - Met Live in HD

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Adès: The Exterminating Angel (DVD) - Met Live in HD

Composer: Thomas Adès
Artists: Joseph Kaiser, Amanda Echalaz, Audrey Luna, Alice Coote, Sally Matthews, Iestyn Davies, Christine Rice, Rod Gilfry, Sophie Bevan, David Portillo, Frédéric Antoun, David Adam Moore, Kevin Burdette, John Tomlinson, Christian van Horn, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Director: Tom Cairns
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Warner Classics
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2019
Run Time: 128 minutes; plus 12 minutes bonus material

“If you see one opera this year, make it The Exterminating Angel,” ran the headline in the New York Times after the US premiere of Thomas Adès’ “stunningly inventive” opera based on Luis Buñuel’s surreal and satirical 1962 film El ángel exterminador. Like the British composer’s score, Tom Cairns’ production is both spectacular and surprising. “Adès keeps the listener on edge,” wrote Opera magazine, “because one never knows where his dazzling palette of possibilities will take him next.”



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History

The Exterminating Angel

The Exterminating Angel, written by British composer, Thomas Adès, is an English-language, three-act opera based on Luis Bunuel’s 1962 film by the same name.

The opera is set in Spain at a posh dinner party in a lavish mansion, from which the guests find themselves strangely unable to leave.

Of special note in the Met’s production are the live woolly sheep, which appear onstage, followed shortly by a bear, all intended as entertainment for the party.

The modern score features familiar orchestral instruments, teeny-tiny violins, slamming doors, clanging rocks, a rattle with bottle caps, cowbells, a salad bowl and an ondes martenot for the eerie sound that is more or less the theme of the title character.

The role of Leticia required soprano Audrey Luna to sing an A above high C, which is the highest documented sung note in the history of the Metropolitan Opera.

The opera, Adès' third, was a joint commission between the Salzburg Festival, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Danish Opera.

The Exterminating Angel received its world premiere July 28, 2016, at the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg. Most recently, it was staged during the Met’s 2017-18 season.

 

 

 

 

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