johnrpierce.us Simon Keenlyside in
Thomas Adès's opera The Tempest

 

 

 

 

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"Gramophone has learned of a deal between the BBC and EMI Classics to record and release Thomas Adès's [sic] opera The Tempest. . . .

The BBC are to record the ROH revival for broadcast and EMI will issue it, probably later this year. When the BBC televised the original run, tenor Ian Bostridge (who plays Caliban) was indisposed and an understudy sang his role. It will be Bostridge, though, alongside fellow original cast members Simon Keenlyside (Prospero) and Cynthia Sieden (Ariel) and newcomer Kate Royal (Miranda), who will feature on the EMI set." . . .

James Inverne, Gramophone, 20 March 2007

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"But don't expect immediate gratification. The Tempest makes demanding listening--the score is often strident, edgy and noisy, especially in the tumultuous first act, and even with rebalanced microphones, the singers battle with the heavy orchestration. But patience yields great rewards, and the latter part of the opera is rich in sweetness and lyricism--notably a quintet of Straussian gorgeousness at the climax."--Rupert Christiansen, telegraph.co.uk

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"Based on Shakespeare but reworked and condensed into three acts by librettist Meredith Oakes, the text is easily audible, with the sound balance slightly favouring the voices, but not detrimentally. Many of the outstanding cast created their roles in the original 2004 staging, including baritone Simon Keenlyside as a noble, perplexed Prospero, tenor Ian Bostridge as the strange, wretched Caliban and Cyndia Sieden as Ariel, leaping to her stratospheric high notes with ethereal agility."--Fiona Maddocks, Observer

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"Simon Keenlyside's no-nonsense Prospero, a force to be reckoned with from the very start of the opera, is outstanding, and it's hard to think of another singer who could manage the stratospheric writing for Ariel more effortlessly than Cyndia Sieden. Ian Bostridge's Caliban, Philip Langridge's King of Naples, Kate Royal's Miranda and Toby Spence's Ferdinand are excellent, too. It's a fine production, which does full justice to Adès's sometimes remarkable work."--Andrew Clements, The Guardian

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"Simon Keenlyside as ever completely inhabits and invigorates the character, here in all his gruffness and ambiguity. Despite one or two careless moments, he communicates the strange character of Prospero as well on disc as he did on stage."--Stephen Graham, MusicalCriticism.com

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"Der zauberkräftige Prospero ist eine Glanzpartie für den kernig baritonal auftrumpfenden Simon Keenlyside . . .."--Chris Tina Tengel, orf.at

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Review by Tim Pfaff for Bay Area Reporter

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"Superb cast makes magic in operatic adaptation of Shakespeare"--Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

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"The main protagonist is the former Duke of Milan and a sorcerer, Prospero, richly sung by Simon Keenlyside. * * *

"I was quite taken with this opera despite its manifold difficulties, but Ades gives you just enough to chew on at first while still demanding that you listen repeatedly in order to assume the full richness of his music and the story. EMI gives excellent sound, though audience clapping is included, and the Covent Garden players dig in with relish."--Steven Ritter, audaud.com

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Brief review by Roy C. Dicks, newsobserver.com

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