Thomas Adès’ The Tempest has won the Best Opera Recording at the 2014 Grammy Awards. This fantastic new production, conducted by the composer himself in his Metropolitan Opera debut, was released on DVD last Autumn by Deutsche Grammophon. Huge congratulations to Thomas Adès, Simon Keenlyside, Alan Oke, Iestyn Davies and Toby Spence on this wonderful achievement.
Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times said 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 stated that “Simon 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 said “The cast was dominated by the Wotanesque Simon Keenlyside, who owns Prospero…” and Mike Silverman of the Associated Press claimed that “Countertenor Iestyn Davies is a delight as the drunken Trinculo…”.
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