Adès conducts UK premiere of The Exterminating Angel

Following the huge success of last summer’s world premiere of Thomas Adès’ much anticipated third opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival, Spring 2017 sees the co-production with Salzburg, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, London and the Royal Danish Opera come to London under Thomas Adès’ baton.

Monday 24 April marks the UK premiere of this large ensemble piece based on Luis Buñuel’s iconic film El ángel exterminador (Mexico 1962), featuring Sir Thomas Allen as Roc, Frédéric Antoun as Raul, Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, Iestyn Davies as Francisco and Christine Rice as Blanca. Further performances will take place on 27 April, 1, 3, 6 & 8 May 2017. You can read more about the production on the Royal Opera House website.

Watch the ROH Insights Evening video here for a taster ahead of the UK premiere, featuring extracts sung by Sophie Bevan and Ed Lyon, as well as insights from Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns.

Discussing the subject matter of the piece on the ‘bourgeois condition’ with guests all trapped in one room, Adès has remarked “It’s territory that I like very much, because it looks as though the people are in a room, but it’s not really about the room; they’re actually trapped in their own heads.” Adès has been described by musicologist Richard Taruskin as a surrealist composer. Find out more about the opera in this Guardian interview with Adès.

Next season sees the US premiere of The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera (26 October – 21 November) with Thomas Adès, Frédéric Antoun, Sophie Bevan, Iestyn Davies, Rod Gilfry and Christine Rice. Tickets are available to purchase here.

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