Thomas Adès's The Tempest

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thomas Adès’ operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest premiered in 2004 at London's Royal Opera House and arrived in New York this season in a production by Robert Lepage. The production features the charismatic Simon Keenlyside as Prospero, Isabel Leonard as Miranda and Audrey Luna as Ariel. The composer conducts.


Conductor: Thomas Adès
Ariel: Audrey Luna
Miranda: Isabel Leonard
Trinculo: Iestyn Davies
Ferdinand: Alek Shrader
Caliban: Alan Oke
King of Naples: William Burden
Antonio: Toby Spence
Prospero: Simon Keenlyside

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

AUDREY LUNA as ARIEL and SIMON KEENLYSIDE as PROSPERO are certainly outstanding in their respective roles.
Singing and spoken declamation are different "animals." That perhaps is the reason for the text changes to make more comprehensible the flow of words coming across the stage. As a composer myself and a heldentenor I can appreciate the options open to composer and lyricist regarding the density of the orchestration and the clarity of the text. Aside from Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss both master composers who nevertheless, conducted at times their own works DISMALLY, most composers effectively delineate their individualistic concepts. Every format has its own potentials. A stage version in a theater or in the round and a film version of the very same work may work out their own special proclivictic potentials and still maintain the essence of the "message." I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. It, and from the same concert, can be heard my singing Florestan's "Gott, welch Dunkel hier ! from Beethoven's FIDELIO and "Sound an Alarm" from Handel's JUDAS MACXCABAEUS in the live performance on my three websites,, ,, and It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Frieda Hempel, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles. My singing of TRISTAN, RIENZI, LOHENGRIN, GOTTERDAMMERUNG SIEGFRIED, SIEGFRIED, SIEGMUND, WALTHER VON STOLZING PARSIFAL, ELEAZAR, FEDERICO, ORFEO and OTELLO can also be heard at RECORDED SELECTIONS on my three websites.

Dec. 29 2012 02:04 PM

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