The Exterminating Angel

(2015-16)

by Thomas Adès

Description
opera in three acts
Duration
115
Genres
Opera
Text
Tom Cairns in collaboration with the composer. Based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza
Instrumentation
3(II=picc+bfl.III=picc+afl).3(III=ca).3(III=bcl).3(III=contraforte or cbsn with low A) – 4(optionally doubling Wagner tubas).3.3.1 – timp (and roto toms) – perc(4): glsp/xyl/t.bells/6 antique.cym/small steel drum/4 saucepans/4 tuned gongs/2 bell plates/bass bell/newspaper/small bell tree/metal wind chimes/cast/cast (machine mounted)/mcas (small and large)/metal mcas/double guiro (high and low)/cabaca/small whip/door slam (or large whip)/small anvil/small wdbl/small ratchet/tamb/small bongo/log drum (deep)/tavola/washboard/lion’s roar/2 large stones/2 spring coils/tgl/small cowbell/clash.cym/2 susp.cym (small and large)/hi-hat/2 siz.cym/tam-t/SD/TD/kick BD/BD with cym Also 4 players offstage playing 8 church bells or bass handbells. And offstage massed drums – 8-10 players (military drums – small portable BD or TD) – pno (6’ grand) – harp – gtr – ondes martenot – strings (12.10.8.6.6) 8 vln (front 2 desks of both sections) also play 1/32 size violins
Singer(s)
LUCIA (S)/LETICIA (High Col S)/LEONORA (M)/SILVIA (S)/BLANCA (M)/BEATRIZ (S)/NOBILE (T)/ RAÚL (T)/COLONEL (High Bar)/FRANCISCO (CT)/EDUARDO (Lyric T)/RUSSELL (BBar)/ROC (BBar)/DOCTOR (B)/ JULIO (Bar)/LUCAS (T)/ENRIQUE (T)/PABLO (Bar)/MENI (S)/CAMILLA (M)/PADRE (Bar)/YOLI (BoyTr)/CHORUS
Languages
English
Commission

Commissioned by the 2016 Salzburg Music Festival, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Royal Danish Opera

First Performance
28.7.2016, Haus für Mozart, Salzburg, Austria: Salzburger Bachchor/ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien/Thomas Adès/dir. Tom Cairns
Availability

Libretto 0-571-53969-6 on sale, full score, vocal score and parts in preparation

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