Thomas Adès’ ‘The Exterminating Angel’ makes its US premiere at the Metropolitan Opera



“…more than good. It is brilliant. This is utterly assured writing, clever, effective, dazzling, complex yet awfully easy to listen to.”
Financial Times, July 2016

This weekend, Thomas Adès critically acclaimed production, The Exterminating Angel, receives its highly anticipated US premiere at the Metropolitan Opera following its debut at the Salzburg Festival, which the New York Times hailed “inventive and audacious … a major event” (July 2016), and UK premiere last season at the Royal Opera House. The production is directed by Tom Cairns, also the librettist of the production.

Conducted by Thomas, he is joined on stage by Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado, Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila, Frédéric Antoun as Raúl Yebenes and Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc. Sophie and Frédéric also make their house debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in this production. Read Thomas May’s article ‘Angel in America’.

The Exterminating Angel will also be performed at the Royal Danish Opera later this season.

Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns discuss The Exterminating Angel

The Exterminating Angel runs from 26 October – 21 November 2017, and will be broadcast live in cinemas worldwide on 18 November as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. For more information and tickets, see the Metropolitan Opera website.

Main photo credit: Monika Rittershaus

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