Thomas Adès

The Exterminating Angel

Oct 26 - Nov 21 Subscribe Now

Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Production a gift of Robert L. Turner          

Additional funding from The H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD. and Oscar Tang Endowment Fund, and American Express

  • Sung In
  • English
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 2 hrs 27 mins
  • House Opens
  • Act I 66 mins
  • Intermission 30 mins
  • Act II 51 mins
  • Opera Ends
New Production Oct 26 - Nov 21 Subscribe Now


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Production Tom Cairns

Set and Costume Designers Hildegard Bechtler

Lighting Designer Jon Clark

Projection Designer Tal Yarden

Choreographer Amir Hosseinpour

Thomas Adès


Thomas Adès