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Watch: Insights into Thomas Adès' opera The Exterminating Angel

Get a unique glimpse into The Royal Opera's new production with the composer, director and singers including John Tomlinson and Anne Sofie von Otter.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

23 March 2017 at 2.00pm | 1 Comment

A ROH Insights event exploring Thomas Adès' opera The Exterminating Angel was recently livestreamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel. It is now available to watch on-demand.

The event was hosted by journalist Guy Dammann and offered a unique glimpse of the opera before its UK premiere at Covent Garden next month. It saw the composer give insights into his score, aided by extracts sung by the cast including Sophie Bevan and Ed Lyon.

Also interviewed were fellow singers John Tomlinson, David Adam Moore and Anne Sofie von Otter as well as insights from production director Tom Cairns.

The opera is inspired by Luis Buñuel’s iconic film of the same name and follows the composer's earlier operas Powder Her Face (1995) and The Tempest (2004), both acclaimed as contemporary classics. It tells the story of a group of dinner party guests who find at the end of the evening that they are unable to leave – the door is open but no one can get out, and no one can get in.

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The Exterminating Angel runs 24 April-8 May 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production is a co-commission and co-production with Salzburg Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, and The Royal Danish Opera. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from Stefan Sten Olsson, KT Wong Foundation, The John S. Cohen Foundation and The Boltini Trust.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Online Content)

23 March 2017 at 2.00pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Tom Cairns, interview, livestream, Production, The Exterminating Angel, Thomas Adès

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  1. Susannah Wight responded on 23 April 2017 at 8:40pm Reply

    Thank you for a very helpful Insights. I have not been able to get hold of the Bunuel film so am doubly grateful for your various comments from various angles!

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