Monday, December 04, 2017

The Exterminating Angel



It wasn't to everyone's taste. There were only about 20 people in the cinema. Some left at the interval.
But I found The Exterminating Angel, by Thomas Adès, a thrilling experience. The singing was interesting more than pleasing to the ear. The highest note ever sung by a soprano at the Metropolitan Opera New York was much talked about, but my ear found it hard to appreciate it. Still, what a fantastic story (based on the 1962 film by Luis Buñuel), striking setting, and chilling acting by the wide cast (except for one mezzo, whom I think suffers from an over-acting habit). I'm glad I experienced it. But I thought that Adès's The Tempest was a better opera overall.

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