Thomas Adès' The Tempest
About the Event
The first season of the Metropolitan Opera series in high definition (HD) at the CCP rounds off with Thomas Adès&rsquo The Tempest on August 20, 2013 at 2pm and 7pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).
Based on William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, the three act opera tells about Prospero, the former duke of Milan, who has been deposed and living in exile for years on a deserted island with his daughter, Miranda. He has in his power the spirit Ariel and indigenous creature Caliban. When those responsible for Prospero’s exile including his brother, Antonio, and the King of Naples-sail near the island, Prospero, with the help of Ariel, conjures a storm to shipwreck them, conjures a storm to arrange his return to Milan.
Full of dreamy and highly lyrical language in Shakespeare’s most musical rein, the play contains many diverse ideas and elements: the desire for revenge, the proper and improper use of power, the nature of magic, the superior force of young love, and the possibility of reconciliation.
The text of the opera uses the play and its themes as a point of departure, for musical imagination, with Oakes’ Libretto, as Ade’s has explained, “a translation of Shakespeare into the modern English, to be all the more faithful and concentrate the drama.” The opera’s score likewise aims for fidelity to the spirit of Shakespeare’s play, with an almost limitless palette of moods. There is as reflection and fantasy, depicted when the story demands it. The TEMPEST is a rare example of a recent opera that has achieved extraordinary critical and popular acclaim.
Directed by Robert Le Page, who is best known to Met audiences for his production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, “The Tempest” offers a Prospero who envisions himself as an opera impresario. On the island Prospero has recreated La Scala, the opera house from Milan. In this house Prospero manipulates people like the director of an opera production.
The MET opera in HD screenings are delivered, using the HD format and in Dolby digital surround sound. Special features are screened during the Intermission such as behind-the-scenes and Interviews with the cast.
Ticket price is P500 with discounts for senior citizens, military personnel, persons with disabilities and students, as well as a subscription package of P2000.
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