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Record-high operatic pitch?

Zachary Woolfe, "Hyper-High Notes", NYT 11/10/2017: I wrote this week about the highest note in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, an A above high C currently being sung by Audrey Luna in Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel.” In my brief rundown of high-note history, I referred to the French soprano Mado Robin “shrilling” up […]

A Note So High It's Never Been Sung At The Met Before Now

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Brief as it is, the A above high C that the soprano Audrey Luna reaches in Thomas Adès’s new opera, “The Exterminating Angel,” is so high, it has never been sung in the 137-year history of the Metropolitan Opera."

Not another brilliant movie being made into a bloody opera…

We had The Exterminating Angel, by Thomas Ades, after the film by Luis Bunuel. An evening-length meander by a huge cast of characters, none of them defined. All the hype in the New York Times can’t get audiences excited about it. In London, we’re about to see Marnie by Nico Muhly, after Hitchcock, at English […]

‘The Exterminating Angel’ Brings Together Opera and the Movies

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

A film critic and a music critic discuss a new work at the Metropolitan Opera: Thomas Adès’s “crazily varied” adaptation of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film.

Post Malone, Thelonious Monk, and More Music We’re Listening To This Week

John Seabrook recommends Post Malone’s “Rockstar” and Michael Schulman recommends the Civilians’ “Stars,” plus Russell Platt on Thomas Adès and Richard Brody on Thelonious Monk.

The Exterminating Angel, Metropolitan Opera

Thomas Adès's new opera, The Exterminating Angel, is now playing at the Met, with an HD broadcast on November 18. The reviews are...interesting. I'm going to list 2016 reviews from its Salzburg premiere and maybe its ROH run, too. Alex...Show More Summary

Review: If You See One Opera This Year, Make It ‘The Exterminating Angel’

3 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

The composer Thomas Adès’s audacious new opera based on Luis Buñuel’s surreal 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” triumphed at the Metropolitan Opera.

Hear the Surreal Instruments of the Met’s New Opera

4 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Tiny violins, a spooky ondes Martenot and a slamming door come to the pit for Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel,” based on Luis Buñuel’s film.

Your Guide to the Met Opera’s ‘Exterminating Angel’

last monthNews : NYTimes: News

Everything you need to know about the new opera by Thomas Adès, an adaptation of a Luis Buñuel film about a nightmarish dinner party.

“The Exterminating Angel” Skewers the Upper Class

In Thomas Adès’s acclaimed new opera, he returns to familiar territory.

From Michael Haydn & Schubert to Alec Roth & Thomas Ades: a double helping at Hatfield House

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival: Guy Johnston and the Endellion String Quartet in the Marble Hall (Photo Rose Cecil) Michael Haydn, RVW, Alec Roth, Haydn, Thomas Ades, Schubert; James Gilchrist, Chi-Chi Nwanoku, Nicholas Daniel,Navarra...Show More Summary

Guest Post: The Exterminating Angel

Review by Burst of Beaden Royal Opera House, Covent Garden April 24, 2017 Music by Thomas Ades Libretto by Tom Cairns Conducted by Thomas Ades Directed by Tom Cairns Royal Opera Orchestra & Chorus For anyone who has seen Luis Bunuel's...Show More Summary

Eight days in April

This was my itinerary for the last eight days of April — a memorable stretch of concert- and operagoing. April 23: Chaya Czernowin's Infinite Now at the Opera Vlaanderen in Gent. April 24: Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at th...

The post-modern ascendancy of utterly inert opera

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

I saw the last performance of the Covent Garden run of The Exterminating Angel last night and was neither surprised nor disappointed. Thomas Ades’s opera, based on a movie by Luis Bunuel, describes a disastrous dinner party (or possibly an opera) that no-one is able to leave, despite the doors being open at all times. […]

Congratulations all round: 2017 International Opera Awards

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Renata Scotto receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Opera Awards Nice to see that the Salzburg Festival performances of Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel won in the World Premiere category of Sunday's International Opera Awards. Show More Summary

Exploring a mysterious world: Thomas Adès' The Exterminating Angel

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon - Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel - Royal Opera -(C) ROH / Photo by Clive Barda Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel; cond: Thomas Adès, dir: Tom Cairns; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 3Show More Summary

The ethereal power of the ondes Martenot

7 months agoArts : Prospero

IN “The Exterminating Angel”, Thomas Adès’s new opera, a group of people find themselves mysteriously unable to take their leave from a dinner party. Trapped in their genteel surroundings amid the remnants of the soirée, they succumb to claustrophobic puzzlement and, eventually, anarchy.

Deep sheep trouble at Covent Garden

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We hear that one of three live sheep hired for the upcoming UK premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Exterminating Angel has been fired from the show after a disgraceful performance at the pre-general rehearsal. The miscreant is called Sheila and you’re advised to stay well upwind if you meet her. The appearance of the other […]

Nightafternight playlist

— Linda Catlin Smith, Drifter and other works; Apartment House, Bozzini Quartet (another timbre) — Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hommage à Daniel Libeskind; Ensemble SurPlus (Neos) — Thomas Adès, Asyla, Tevot, Polaris, Brahms; Adès conducting the London Symphony, with Samuel Dale Johnson,...

Essential Arts & Culture: A buoyant 'Zoot Suit,' Moholy-Nagy at LACMA, and the power of composer Thomas Adès

Fly suits on stage at the Mark Taper Forum. The eternal artistic optimism of a Hungarian refugee of war. And the British composer who is making L.A. his second home. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and I’m here with your weekly update of all the best arts and culture...

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