Thomas Adès

The Exterminating Angel

Oct 26 - Nov 21

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.

Music by Thomas Adès, libretto by Tom Cairns in collaboration with the composer, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza

Production a gift of Robert L. Turner   

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

A co-commission and co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Danish Theatre, and Salzburg Festival

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  • Sung In
  • English
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 2 hrs 32 mins
  • House Opens
  • Acts I & II 71 mins
  • Intermission 30 mins
  • Act III 51 mins
  • Opera Ends
New Production Oct 26 - Nov 21

This production has completed for the season.

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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