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NY Met: The Exterminating Angel (Ades)

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Take a seat at the strangest dinner party of your life. The servants have absconded; the ragout is all over the floor; there’s a bear in the garden; your fellow guests are rapidly descending into savagery; and most mysteriously of all, no one seems able to leave.

 

British composer Thomas Adès (The Tempest) conducts the American premiere of his latest opera. This black comedy, with shades of JG Ballard/Ben Wheatley’sHigh-Rise, is based on the screenplay of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealist film. The cast is filled with established British names including Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies and John Tomlinson.

 

If you see one opera this year, make it The Exterminating Angel …” - New York Times

 

A MAJOR CULTURAL EVENT.” - Huffington Post

 

“HYPERDRAMATIC … ADÈS MUST HAVE BEEN MOVING TOWARD THIS WORK HIS ENTIRE LIFE …” - New York Magazine

 

“STUNNINGLY INVENTIVE...” - New York Times

 

“MUSICALLY DAZZLING … Adès’s opera has staked its claim. ****” - Financial Times

 

“Adès’s KALEIDOSCOPIC MUSIC transforms into a scarily contemporary comedy, a kind of modern Falstaff in which the cosmic joke is on everyone … A sly mix of humour and bludgeoning force … A VIRTUOSO CAST.” - Wall Street Journal

 

Estimated duration: 2” 27m

Performed in English

18.11.2017 | 17:55 - Tickets