A re-imagined ‘Tempest’ at Met

Oct 30, 2012
Photo by: Ken Howard/Met Opera Simon Keenlyside stars as Prospero, with Isabel Leonard as Miranda, in Thomas Adès’ contemporary opera “The Tempest.

Rockland — The Metropolitan Opera premiere of British composer Thomas Adès’ “The Tempest,” widely praised as a contemporary opera masterpiece, will be streamed live Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., as part of the Met Opera Live in HD season. An encore re-broadcast will take place Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

The opera, drawn from Shakespeare’s play, retains the magical and human elements of the story and features a new libretto adapted from the master playwright’s legendary text. Baritone Simon Keenlyside (2009’s “Hamlet”) stars in the central role of the sorcerer Prospero. The cast features gifted singers in the opera’s numerous major roles including Isabel Leonard as Miranda; Iestyn Davies (Unulfo in last season’s “Rodelinda”) as Trinculo; Alek Shrader (2009’s “The Audition”) in his Met debut as Ferdinand; Audrey Luna as the air spirit Ariel; Alan Oke as the brutish Caliban; Toby Spence as Antonio; and William Burden as the King of Naples.

Director Robert Lepage (last season’s Ring cycle, 2008’s “The Damnation of Faust”) has created an innovative new production that recreates Milan’s famous opera house, La Scala, as the magical island venue for Prospero’s otherworldly arts.

Tickets for the live broadcast are $27. For the encore, tickets are $23, $15 for students — contact the Strand for group ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 5; or send email to info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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