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The Exterminating Angel

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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.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Nov 18, 2017

Composer

Thomas Adès

Librettist

Tom Cairns in collaboration with the composer

Run Time

2 HRS 22 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Thomas Adès
Leticia
Audrey Luna
Lucía
Amanda Echalaz
Silvia
Sally Matthews
Beatriz
Sophie Bevans
Leonora
Alice Coote
Blanca
Christine Rice
Francisco
Iestyn Davies
Nobile
Joseph Kaiser
Raúl
Frédéric Antoun
Eduardo
David Portillo
Colonel
David Adam Moore
Roc
Rod Gilfry
Russell
Kevin Burdette
Julio
Christian Van Horn
Doctor
Sir John Tomlinson