British composer Thomas Ades conducts the Met premiere of his contemporary Masterpiece The Tempest, an English-language opera based on Shakespeare's final play. The Met's fantastical new production by Robert Lepage
airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 17 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below.
Simon Keenlyside leads the cast as the exiled magician Prospero, a role he created at the opera's 2004 world premiere. The opera also stars Isabel Leonard as Prospero's daughter, Miranda; Alek Shrader as the shipwrecked prince, Ferdinand; Alan Oke as the monstrous island native Caliban; and Audrey Luna in the stratospheric coloratura role of the air spirit Ariel.
Major funding for the telecast is provided by M. Beverly and Robert G. Bartner. Corporate support for Great Performances at the Metis provided by Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder. Corporate support for Great Performances at the Metis provided by Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and public television viewers.
The Met has launched several audience development initiatives, including Open House dress rehearsals, a popular rush ticket program, Gallery Met, and an annual Holiday Series presentation for families. For more information, please visit: www.metopera.org.Robert Lepage's Staging of THE TEMPEST at The Met to Air on PBS, 3/17" />
Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Isabel Leonard and Simon Keenlyside
Simon Keenlyside and Audrey Luna