with Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Luna, Kate Lindsey, & Iestyn Davies & music of Adès, Ives, Purcell, Stravinsky, and Tippett
Thu January 1st, 1970
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 8:30PM
Show Time: 9:00PM
Event Ticket: $30 / $35
In this special one-night-only program, Thomas Adès curates an evening of music inspired by Shakespeare’s play, including arias from his opera and other settings of “The Tempest.” The program will feature excerpts from the opera performed by soprano Audrey Luna and baritone Simon Keenlyside, who star as Ariel and Prospero, respectively, in the Met’s new production. With Adès at the piano , Met artists mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and countertenor Iestyn Davies and an ensemble of extraordinary chamber musicians will perform works by Ives, Stravinsky, and Tippett, with new arrangements of Purcell songs and an instrumental Sibelius piece created by Adès for this program.
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An Evening with Thomas Adès and “The Tempest”
Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès studied piano (Michael Blackmore and Paul Berkowitz), composition (Erika Fox and Robert Saxton) and percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and read music at King’s College, Cambridge. In 1993 he made his recital début as pianist and composer at the Park Lane Group in London. Between 1993 and 1995 he was Composer in Association with the Hallé Orchestra, which resulted in These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was a Feeney Trust commission for Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO, who toured it together, and repeated it at Symphony Hall in August 1998 in Rattle’s last concert as Music Director. Rattle subsequently programmed Asyla in his opening concert as Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2002.
Adès’ first opera, Powder Her Face (commissioned by Almeida Opera for the Cheltenham Festival in 1995) was televised by Channel Four, and is available on a DVD as well as an EMI CD. Most of the composer’s music to date has been recorded by EMI. Adès’ second opera, The Tempest, was commissioned by London’s Royal Opera House and was premièred there in February 2004 and revived in 2007.
In September 2005 a Violin Concerto for Anthony Marwood was premiered at the Berliner Festspiele and the BBC Proms, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under his baton. His second orchestral work for Simon Rattle, Tevot (2007), was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. In 2008 Adès collaborated with video artist Tal Rosner on a commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London’s Southbank Centre for a piano concerto with moving image (‘In Seven Days’). This work was given its world premiere in April 2008 by Nicolas Hodges, the London Sinfonietta and Adès at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Among the festivals at which he has been the featured composer are Helsinki Musica Nova (1999), Salzburg Easter Festival (2004), Radio France’s Présences, Paris (2007), the Barbican’s ‘Traced Overhead’, London (2007), New Horizons Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia (2007), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Festival (2009), Melbourne Festival (2010); in addition Carnegie Hall, New York, appointed him to the R and B Debs Composer Chair and featured him as composer, conductor and pianist throughout the 2007/8 season.
Adès is also a renowned interpreter of a range of music as conductor and pianist. He has recorded composers including Kurtág, Janácek,
Nancarrow, Stanchinsky, Grieg, Busoni, Stravinsky, Schubert, Ruders and Berlioz, and premiered and widely performed several works by Gerald Barry. Orchestras he has conducted include City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, BBC, Finnish, Dutch, Danish and North German Radio Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony and ensembles such as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and the Athelas Ensemble, Copenhagen.
Adès’ music has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the Grawemeyer Award (2000) of which he is the youngest-ever recipient. He is the only composer to have won the Royal Philharmonic Prize for Large-scale composition three times.
Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Luna, Kate Lindsey, & Iestyn Davies
The concerts, timed to coincide with the Met premiere performances of Adès’s opera
The Tempest, will feature an eclectic range of music from Adès and other composers
who wrote works inspired by Shakespeare’s play. The program will feature two new
arrangements Adès created for the evening.
Keenlyside and Luna will sing arias they also perform in Adès’s The Tempest—
Prospero’s Act III aria “Our revels are ended” and Ariel’s Act I aria “Five fathoms deep,”
Lindsey will sing Stravinsky’s “Three Songs from Shakespeare,” which are “Music to
hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?,” a setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 8; “Full
fathom five,” with text from The Tempest; and “Spring,” with text from Love’s Labour’s
Lost. She will also sing Charles Ives’s “A Sea Dirge,” from his “Eleven Songs and Two
Harmonizations,” set to the text of “Full fathom five” from The Tempest.
Davies will sing Michael Tippett’s “Songs for Ariel,” which include “Come unto these
yellow sands,” “Full fathom five,” and “Where the bee sucks”; and two songs from
Purcell’s The Tempest, “Come unto these yellow sands,” and “Full fathom five.”
The program will also include “Interlude: Dreaming” from Tippett’s Suite: The Tempest,
arranged for violin and harp, and “Intermezzo (King Alonso)” from Sibelius’s The
Tempest, arranged by Adès for harp and piano. Adès will also play three Stravinsky songs
for piano: “Piano-Rag-Music,” “Souvenir d’une Marche Boche,” and “Valse pour les
Keenlyside will perform Prospero in the Met premiere of Adès’s The Tempest, joined by
Luna as Ariel and Davies as Trinculo. Lindsey will next appear at the Met as Annio in
Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.