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US Premiere of Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at The Metropolitan Opera

Oct. 01, 2017

US Premiere of Thomas Adès's <em>The Exterminating Angel</em> at The Metropolitan Opera

Thomas Adès’s “dazzling” (The Financial Times) third opera, The Exterminating Angel, has its eagerly awaited US premiere at The Metropolitan Opera on October 26. The composer conducts, with a cast including Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, and David Portillo. Tom Cairns, who composed the libretto in collaboration with the composer, directs. 

Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, based on the original screenplay to Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealist film El ángel exterminador, was met with immediate acclaim following its debut at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, with The Observer calling it “a turning point for Adès and, it felt, for opera itself.” The Guardian noted the work’s “constantly fascinating” and “powerful” orchestral writing, with The LA Times hailing the opera as “the most important opera of the year.

The Exterminating Angel
 was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival in co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera (New York), and The Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen). The Metropolitan Opera's production runs through November 21.

View the vocal score, below:

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Thomas Adès
The Exterminating Angel (2016)
an opera in three acts
libretto (Eng) by Tom Cairns in collaboration with Thomas Adès
based on Luis Buñuel’s and Luis Alcoriza’s screenplay for the film El ángel exterminador by Luis Buñuel
for 5 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, boy treble, countertenor, 5 tenors, 4 baritones, 2 bass-baritones, bass, and chorus
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