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Ades: The Tempest

By flmillner
Written November 12, 2012
Music is good mix of tonality and dissonance - a little more complicated than Britten. Plot is rather unconvincing, but not a rare event in operas. Singing is superior. Piece is not too long. Deserves more than one hearing.
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The Metropolitan Opera: The Tempest

By hottsen
Written November 11, 2012
I must admit that I normally don't go flocking to a modern opera. But I went to see the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of the Tempest and, boy, I'm glad I did. It is absolutely fabulous!!! The music snuggled itself around the story and characters and Shakespeare's verse - beautifully - it was there, nurturing, supporting, and playing its proper role. The performers were spectacular, bringing out their music and their characters. The staging, the stage, the custumes were superior. And - did I mention Shakespeare? His story and verse was beautifully presented even after the necessary changes to produce the libretto from the original text. Finally, the overall broadcast, bringing in the background, the interviews with the performers, and the peak backstage at how it all is put together: Over-the-top cool!! This one not to be missed.
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The Metropolitan Opera: The Tempest

By wcoperabuff1
Written November 12, 2012
Beautiful, creative production, interesting staging, and fine voices. NOT enjoyable music ! Wouldn't go see it again in the future and wouldn't buy a CD or DVD of this one, for sure !
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Metropolitan Opera: The Tempest

By brbraimondi
Written November 19, 2012
I checked out some video clips on You.tube and instantly knew I wanted to see this opera. I was not dissapointed one bit. It was a full theatre which thrilled me. The entire production was so wonderful, and having Deborah Voight as the moderator was great, unlike the stilted Renee Fleming from an earlier transmission. I was swept up the minute the orchestra began to play and never lost interest . The singers were all beyond fantastic, Simon Keenlyside was so perfect as Prespero, I couldn't believe it when he told Voight that before each performance he actually had the remarkable body art done by a makeup artist. They showed a brief clip of this actual process. I thought Keenlyside was just magic and such an incredible voice. All the performers had perfect voices for their parts, Miranda was so beautiful with a voice to match, and Ariel peformed an almost impossible vocal part with such ease. I could go on forever, but won't. Just if you have a chance to see it, please attend.
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Ades's Tempest is a Masterpiece

By Bostonflick
Written November 12, 2012
The music is incredibly moving, the cast is fabulous, the adaptation of the play is superb, and the stage production is wonderful. The performance was so evocative that it haunted me the next day. If you like opera, you will probably love this. I also love the intermission interviews with the stars--Debra Voight did the interviews for this performance.
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