The Met: Live in HD continues Nov. 18 with ‘The Exterminating Angel’

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The next installment of The Met: Live in HD will be “The Exterminating Angel,” broadcast live Saturday at Fort Lewis College.

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
The Met: Live in HD, presented by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, continues its 2017-2018 series on Saturday, Nov. 18, with Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel.”
“The Exterminating Angel” will be broadcast live in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera to the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student Union beginning at 10:55 a.m. Run time is approximately two hours and 40 minutes, with one intermission. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.
Winner of the Best World Premiere at the 2017 International Opera Awards, and hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” “The Exterminating Angel” is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the 1962 film, “El ángel exterminador.” The production draws on the film’s playful surrealism, evoking a ’60s-glam world that is at once wittily absurd and horrifyingly macabre.
As the tale unfolds, a well-off bourgeois couple returns home with their guests from a night at the opera for an elegant, glittering dinner party, only to find that while they have been away the servants have decided that they cannot remain in the house. As they begin their revels, it gradually becomes clear that the partygoers have entered a dream-like vortex from which there is no escape, where even the arrival of a bear and a flock of sheep seems commonplace.
The ensemble cast features soprano Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar, soprano Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Leonora Palma, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado, countertenor Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila, tenor Joseph Kaiser as Edmundo de Nobile, tenor David Portillo as Eduardo, baritone Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc, bass Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell, bass Christian Van Horn as Julio, and bass Sir John Tomlinson as Dr. Carlos Conde.
The cast also includes the company debuts of British soprano Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila, British soprano Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, Canadian tenor Frédéric Antoun as Raúl Yebenes,and American baritone David Adam Moore as Col. Álvaro Gómez.
Adès is regarded as one of the leading composers in the world of contemporary classical music. “The Tempest “was the first Adès opera to be staged at the Met in 2012, and he made his company debut as a conductor of the work as well. His music has earned widespread recognition and numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for “The Tempest” and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.
The magic of The Met: Live in HD events is that they are delivered 100 percent live via satellite. Audiences throughout the world experience the production at the same time as the audience sitting in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Additionally, between acts, the Live in HD viewers are treated to backstage interviews and other features the in-person audiences never see. The Nov. 18 Live in HD will be hosted by Susan Graham.
The Met Live in HD features seven additional operas in the 2017-2018 season:
• “Tosca” (Puccini, new production) — Jan. 27, 2018.
• “L’Elisir d’Amore” (Donizetti) — Feb. 10, 2018.
• “La Bohème” (Puccini) — Feb. 24, 2018.
• “Semiramide” (Rossini) — March 10, 2018.
• “Così fan tutte” (Mozart, new production) — March 31, 2018.
• “Luisa Miller” (Verdi) — April 14, 2018.
• “Cendrillon” (Massenet, new production) — April 28, 2018.
Since the Live in HD series launched in 2006, more than 17 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 73 countries.
Advance tickets for individual screenings of The Met: Live in HD ($20-$23 plus service fee) are available online at, by calling 247-7657 or at the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango.
Tickets are also available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.

This story was posted on November 16, 2017.