‘The Exterminating Angel’
Opera House presents history-making contemporary opera
Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high-definition opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., with Thomas Ades’ contemporary “The Exterminating Angel.”
Inspired by the classic 1962 Luis Bunuel film of the same name, this marks the American premiere of Ades’ opera. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” “The Exterminating Angel” is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape.
The opera makes history in that it features soprano Audrey Luna singing a high A — a note that has never been sung before on the stage of the Met. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production; and Ades conducts his own adventurous new opera.
The ensemble cast features Luna as Leticia Maynar, Amanda Echalas as Lucia de Nobile, as well as Sally Matthews as Sylvia de Avila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts.
The New York Times calls the production “stunningly inventive … audacious … Mr. Ades’ wild, searing score explores the emotional undercurrents of the story and fleshes out the horror of the characters’ situation … played with crackling precision and color by the orchestra … bristled with manic, almost madcap, energy. If you go to a single opera this season, make it this one!”
Live at the Met telecasts are now shown in more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment with this type of broadcast, beginning on a modest scale in 2006 and growing every season since then, with more than 10 million tickets sold to date.
Met Opera stars serve as hosts for the series, conducting live interviews with cast members, crew and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether, the worldwide audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
Individual tickets to each of the operas in the season are $20, ($18 Opera House members, $10 students). A flexible subscription of eight tickets which can be used however you want — one at a time to eight different operas, all at once for eight people, or anything in between — is available for $142. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.
The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.