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.
Written February 01, 2015
The performers are outstanding and gorgeous to look at. The staging is inventive, especially the opening Shipwreck. Definitely worth seeing but also definitely not for lovers of Shakespeare, whose language has been transformed into simple rhyme with a total loss of its poetry. The Music is powerful in the action pieces but has no romantic resonance.
Written November 26, 2014
This was a gorgeous production of the opera THE TEMPEST. Such amazing visuals!
The only problem i had was the sound in the theater was not loud enough. Wish it was louder!
Written December 19, 2014
I loved the new opera based on The Tempest. Wonderful music and production.
I am very surprised that the AMC Theatre on 42nd Street in NYC didn't provide the synopsis
of the opera. This is something that is always part of the Met Live in HD experience.
With NYC prices the least they can do is print out a page to hand out.
Written January 30, 2015
I'm sure Willy Shakespeare is turning in his grave..I love Simon Keelyside but he should have taken a pass on this one! We walked out as soon as the lights went on.