The Metropolitan Opera in New York City will broadcast composer Thomas Adès’ operatic adaption of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” to worldwide audiences on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Sunrise Theater in downtown Southern Pines will air the live production in high definition at 1 p.m.
The 41-year old English composer, Thomas Adès, conducts his own work with the charismatic baritone, Simon Keenlyside, staring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th century La Scala in this inventive staging. The New York Times calls Thomas Adès’ masterpiece “one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas to have come along in years”.
Prospero has been usurped as Duke of Milan by his brother, Antonio. With the support of the King of Naples, Antonio had Prospero put out to sea on a rotting ship with his daughter, Miranda. They survived thanks to the King’s counselor, Gonzalo, who supplied them with food and clothing. They ended up on an island where they now live. Meanwhile, Antonio enabled the King of Naples to take control of Milan.
Canadian director Lepage turns Prospero into a 19th-century nobleman, banished from his hometown of Milan, who recreates his beloved La Scala opera house on his island refuge. Each of the three acts presents a different view of the house — the auditorium, the stage, the backstage — and all the action takes place in these spaces, with Prospero as unseen stage manager, sort of an Italian version of the Phantom of the Opera.
The run time is two hours, 41 minutes. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Sunrise office at 910-692-8501 or ordered online at www.sunrisetheater.org. Tickets are also sold at the box office before each show.
The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines.