The Tempest takes New York by storm!

Askonas Holt artists delight at The Metropolitan Opera.

Congratulations to Simon Keenlyside, Toby Spence, Alan Oke, William Burden, Iestyn Davies and Thomas Adès who have delighted New York with a new production of Adès’ The Tempest, conducted by the composer himself in his Met debut. Simon Keenlyside performed with great aplomb, reprising the role, which he has now made his own, that he created in the world premiere at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Toby Spence, who so sensationally created the role of Ferdinand, has now seamlesslessly moved to the fiendishly difficult role of Antonio, with tremendous success. Alan Oke is enjoying a hugely successful role debut as Caliban.

The performance on 10th November 2012 was broadcast throughout cinemas worldwide, as part of The Met’s Live in HD series, at 17:55 (12:55 ET), to great popular acclaim.

Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times says that “The tenor Toby Spence is a wily, unctuous Antonio. There is both anguish and elegance in the singing of the tenor William Burden as the King of Naples, who believes his son has drowned. And among other standouts, the tenor Alan Oke was wonderful as the shaggy-haired, monsterlike, spiteful Caliban, who was to have ruled the island but is kept in servitude by the magic of Prospero…with lacy lyrical writing and ethereal harmonies by the multiskilled Mr. Ades, who, by the way, drew a textured, glittering and suspenseful account of his opera from the great Met orchestra.” .

Martin Bernheimer of the Financial Times states thatSimon Keenlyside, the original Prospero in London, sang with sensitive force, awkward range extremes notwithstanding. He also loomed and brooded magnetically, even during long stretches when he was just a passive observer.” whilst John Rockwell of Opera says “The cast was dominated by the Wotanesque Simon Keenlyside, who owns Prospero…” and Mike Silverman of the Associated Press claims that “Countertenor Iestyn Davies is a delight as the drunken Trinculo…”.

Catch the last performance on 17th November whilst you still can!

Congratulations to all involved!

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