Written August 29, 2014
The Met has been on a lucky streak lately with 'modern' - Nixon In China, Doctor Atomic, and Satyagraha - but nothing tops this Thomas Ades opera based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Everybody is fantastic in their roles, but the gold medal goes to Audrey Luna as a Lady Gaga-like Ariel you won't forget for as long as you live.
Written July 26, 2014
Listening to opera in English is new to me, so being able to enjoy this adaptation of The ?Tempest to the extent I did was remarkable. The Libretto of Meredith Oakes is wonderful ?beyond words! Easy to follow, understandable and sing-able. Add to that the most magical ?costumes and make up. I am not sure I am crazy about the choice of location the inside of ?the La Scala Opera, but that, too was dont and used magically.?
What is left - is the music. I wish I had special ear plugs to remove the a-tonal annoying ?music by Ades. it was not enjoyable, not fun: at no point could I latch into the music or flow ?with it. But - I am probably in the minority...?
Written November 12, 2012
An extraordinary show, and a special delight to have the composer conducting. Had seen it in
Santa Fe and liked that version better than this version--but the Prospero here made up for any concerns. Good casting, choreograpy...just a delight.
Written August 27, 2014
The "Tempest" was one of Shakespeare's most complex plays. The context of the play is the perception of the "New World" by Europe and England. The "New World" was a place of mystery, strange animals and plants,"noble natives", geography, and climates to Europeans. Shakespeare creates a mysterious and magical island of the "New World". From this context he creates a complex play with drama and humor, with love and revenge, and with slavery and freedom.
The "Tempest" the opera is a great opera containing many of Shakespeare's play, but the opera emphasizes some of the elements of the play and changes some of the actions. I like the opera for creating clearer images and outcomes than the play.
The opera the "Tempest " is a fine opera. Prospero was a great actor and singer in this latest production by the Met!
Written November 11, 2012
This version of the Tempest by the modern opera composer, Thomas Ades is wonderful. The music fits the emotions and the libretto makes clear the essential story. The staging is very good, the singing is very good. What more can you ask.