The Metropolitan Opera and Le Poisson Rouge announced casting and repertory details for "An Evening With Thomas Adès & The Tempest," two concerts taking place at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, October 26 at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Luna, Kate Lindsey, and Iestyn Davies will perform at the Adès-curated event, which will also feature Adès at the piano.
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," respectively.
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 enfants."
Tickets are available through Le Poisson Rouge for $35 (seated) or $30 (standing) at (212) 505-3474 or lepoissonrouge.com. The program is subject to change. Underwriting for the Adès concerts has been provided by a generous gift from Robert L. Turner.
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.
Adès, widely considered one of today's greatest composers, makes his Met debut this season conducting The Tempest. The work, in a co-production with L'Opéra de Québec and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, receives its Met premiere on October 23 and runs through November 17. Tickets are available at (212) 362-6000 or metopera.org. The production will also be seen Live in HD on November 10, 2012.
The Met and Le Poisson Rouge will continue their partnership with "An Evening with Nico Muhly, Two Boys, and other works" on May 14, 2013. This concert, which will be curated by Muhly and also feature the composer on piano, will be presented in advance of the fall 2013 Met premiere of Muhly's Two Boys, an opera commissioned by the Met in a co-production with the English National Opera.
Renowned as both a composer and a performer, Thomas Adès works regularly with the world's leading opera companies and festivals. Adès's first opera, Powder Her Face (commissioned by Almeida Opera for the Cheltenham Festival in 1995), has been performed all over the world, seen on television, and is available on CD and DVD. The Tempest, Adès's second opera, was commissioned by London's Royal Opera House, where it premiered in 2004, and has been seen in Europe and North America. Adès's music has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2000, of which he is the youngest ever recipient.
Le Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue's mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.