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The Tempest in High Def

By opera fangaro
Written July 25, 2014
It was great to see this exciting new opera on the MET stage. Singing was agile and met the demands of difficult score. Libretto was amazing – kind of Wagnerian stabrime with short phrases and some rhyme which allowed clear enunciation of the feelings and story. Staging varied from exhilarating effects to pedestrian and crowded blocking. (Lepage just doesn’t work well with actors.) Biggest gripe is the sound where I saw the show, at MAzza Gallerie in Washington DC. Often too loud, and not kind to orchestra.
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Amazing

By sprobeck
Written November 29, 2012
This was really amazing opera.It had beautiful music, cool effects, and it was in English! This was the first opera I've seen in my native tongue. Will go again.
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The Tempest

By catbabylove
Written November 29, 2012
Sheer genius in every way: music, singing, acting, production, orchestra in control of conductor. Phenomenal work of art. "Out of planet" experience.
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The Tempest

By carolknox
Written November 29, 2012
Simply a screeching misery for the first two acts which is all I could bear. The dialogue did no justice in the least to Shakespeare, and the score was discordant. Too much "tempest" in the music for my taste. My ears still bled a bit this morning.
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Powerful tale, simple words, striking music

By seattleop
Written November 29, 2012
The accessible language of this re-telling of the Tempest gets right to the emotional story of Miranda's coming of age and Prospero's triumph and ultimate yielding of power. Apologies to original Shakespeare fans, but in this version there's no need to unravel archaic language. The surprising music augments each character with a riveting effect. Ariel, Calaban, Prospero, Miranda... we want to live on their island. I'm a new fan of Thomas Ades and Meredith Oakes. Warning: there were some grumbles from an audience member about the music being unmelodic. It probably doesn't pass the whistle test, but I enjoyed it.
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