The production will be transmitted live throughout the world as part of The Met: Live in HD series
New York, NY –Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of The Exterminating Angel with eight performances from October 26 to November 21, 2017. The critically acclaimed opera, staged by the librettist Tom Cairns, is a co-commission and co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016.
Winner of the Best World Premiere at the 2017 International Opera Awards,The Exterminating Angelis based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the 1962 film,El ángel exterminador. The production draws on the film’s playful surrealism,evoking a ’60s-glam world that is at once wittily absurd and horrifyingly macabre. A well-off bourgeois couple returns home with their guests from a night at the opera for an elegant, glittering dinner party, only to find that while they have been away the servants have decided that they cannot remain in the house. As they begin their revels, it gradually becomes clear that the partygoers have entered a dream-like vortex from which there is no escape, where even the arrival of a bear and a flock of sheep seems commonplace.
The ensemble cast features soprano Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar;soprano Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Leonora Palma,mezzo-soprano Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado, countertenor Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila,tenor Joseph Kaiser as Edmundo de Nobile, tenor David Portillo as Eduardo,baritone Rod Gilfryas Alberto Roc,bass Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell,bass Christian Van Horn as Julio, and bassSirJohn Tomlinson as Dr. Carlos Conde.The cast also includes the following company debuts: British soprano Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila,British soprano Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, Canadian tenor Frédéric Antounas Raúl Yebenes, and American baritone David Adam Moore as Col. Álvaro Gómez. Completing the creative team alongside Adès and Cairns are four artists making their Met debuts: set and costume designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Jon Clark, projection designer Tal Yarden, and choreographer Amir Hosseinpour.
Thomas Adès is regarded as one of the leading composers in the world of contemporary classical music. The Tempest was the first Adès opera to be staged at the Met,in 2012, and he made his company debut as a conductor of the work as well. His music has earned widespread recognition and numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for The Tempest and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award - a prize for which he is the youngest-ever recipient. The composer’s first opera, Powder Her Face, has been staged all over the world, and his other works are regularly performed at leading opera houses, festivals, and symphonies.Librettist Tom Cairns makes his Met debut directing The Exterminating Angel. His other opera directorial credits includeVerdi’s La Traviata and Harrison Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs. Kong at Glyndebourne Festival; The Tempest at Royal Danish Opera, Opéra National du Rhin, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at the Bavarian State Opera; Janáček’s The Makropulos Case and Jenůfa and Massenet’s Werther at Opera North; and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Scottish Opera.
The Exterminating AngelLive in HD and Radio Broadcasts The November 18 matinee performance of The Exterminating Angel will be transmitted live around the world at 12:55 p.m. ET hosted by Susan Graham. The transmission, the third in this season’s The Met: Live in HD, will be seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries.The October 26 performance will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, as will the performances on November 3 and November 14. The November 3 performance will also be streamed live on the Met’s web site, www.metopera.org.