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EXTERMINATING ANGEL, THE

"A spectacular American premiere of one of the most anticipated openings of a new opera in years … A MAJOR CULTURAL EVENT." (Huffington Post)

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.

Composer
Thomas Adès
Orchestra
The Metropolitan Opera
Choir
The Metropolitan Opera
Conductor
Thomas Adès
Singers
Audrey Luna, Christine Rice, Alice Coote, Iestyn Davies
Production
Tom Cairns
TV Director
Gary Halvorson
Recording Location
USA
Year
2017
Duration
02:26:00
Picture Format
HD
Sound
5.1 Surround Sound
Format
Opera
JPC
Amazon