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9 October 2012: Watch the “Work in Progress”

by Petra on 9 October 2012

You are able to listen to yesterday’s talk “Work in Progress” with Peter Gelb, Thomas Adés and Robert LePage. Click on photo …

Simon appears at the end (1:15) singing “Their brains are boiled”.

More information about the opera and the production.

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DK October 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

Watched this live (and it appears likely to be added to the list of previous Guggenheim “Works and Process” series). I thought it was very interesting with most of the discussion by Ades and Lepage. Five musical excerpts, with Simon right at the very end singing “Their brains are boiled” (!), which unlike the other excerpts did actually remind me of Britten (the Blake songs).

Elizabeth Paciello October 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Just watched this – fascinating! Made me even more excited about seeing the opera on Nov 10th – can hardly wait! Thought Simon sang and acted his solo well. Caliban in a suit? mmm – no! Have been doing my homework – listened to my cds of Tempest a few times, read the libretto – I defy anyone to distinguish what words Ariel is singing at top of her range! At the beginning of the talk, Robert Lepage referred to seeing dvds – did he mean of Tempest itself? I understood from ROH shop a number of years ago that Thomas Ades wasn’t satisfied with the filming of the Covent Garden production, and so wouldn’t allow general publication. Do the Met plan a dvd? I hope so, that would be so wonderful, icing on the cake, able to savour all the details!

Bill Palik October 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

RE: DVD of the Met Tempest production – all Met simulcasts (as far as I know) have eventually ended up being broadcast (at least in the U.S.) on public TV, and thus are available for watching (and recording) at that time. Several of them have also been released commercially on DVD, but there are other ways, as well.

diana jones October 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

Hi Bill. Some of the Met productions have indeed ended up being shown here on UK’s Sky tv. These include the recent Hamlet and Don Carlo productions, so I fervently hope that The Tempest will be another! If anyone who hasn’t seen the original first night performance of the ROH Tempest would like to do so, it’s available as an “unofficial” dvd from premeiereopera.com.
Diana.

Sue October 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

What a shame! The Works & Process video has now been ‘made private by the owner’ and I’d only had time to watch half of it. Is this short availability usually the case or might it appear again?

So looking forward to the screening on Nov 10th. This production looks very exciting and I do hope there will be a way of having a permanent copy, however, I do think the ‘unofficial’ dvd of the ROH production is well worth seeing.

Petra October 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Hi Sue
I was told that there will be a youtube video soon
http://www.youtube.com/worksandprocess

Sue October 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

That’s excellent, Petra, thank you. I really wanted to listen more to Thomas Ades’ comments.

Ally October 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Very bad that Work&Process is closed. I watched it on Monday and planned to watch again. Too late. Let’s wait for YouTube.

I made screenshots – Simon singing “Their brains are boiled”. I’d like to send these pictures to simonkeenlyside.info. If video is not available any more let the images be ‘alive’ .

How can I do it? I tried e-mail address listed in ‘Send us a message’ to attach pictures and it failed. Please advise. Thank you.

Petra October 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Hi Ally
the email adress skinfo@btinternet.com should work!

best wishes
Petra

DK October 12, 2012 at 2:16 am

As far as I know all of the Guggenheim’s “Works & Process” series are available long-term to view. Perhaps they are just editing the video.
The number of events related to The Tempest is quite astonishing. Few operas (even premieres) at the Met get this sort of attention. There was a live video “preview” of the Met’s upcoming season on WQXR with Audrey Luna singing the “Five fathoms deep” aria and Tom Ades being interviewed (and singers performing arias from other operas in the season’s line-up). This was nowhere as well done as the Guggenheim programme but still had a few interesting tidbits. There will be an evening at Le Poisson Rouge (a cabaret or music club in the Village) with Tom Ades–I believe this is sold out as well. I must say I am surprised that there has been little mention of the Quebec premiere of this production–outshone I guess by the Met. Rod Gilfry sang Prospero in Quebec and is covering for Simon at the Met…luxury covering!
I may get myself to NY for the Met Talks next Friday afternoon.

Ally October 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Petra: thank you for the advise.

DK: Welcome to the Met Talk!

I don’t remember this level of promotion for a Met production. The Tempest is everywhere.

Opera News magazine October issue covered the piece from all sides: a big and detail article ‘Genius at work: Composer Thomas Ades’, it’s all about the music, performers are not reviewed but Simon’s picture as Prospero at Covent Garden 2004 is here; also charming Isabel Leonard, our new Miranda, is a cover girl; ‘The Tempest’ recording is among Essentials of this issue.

The facade of the Met Opera House is decorated with a huuuuge ‘The Tempest’ canvas poster – very abstract painting. Met shop proudly displays The Tempest and Tales of Opera CDs. The banner of all-tattooed Prospero 2012 (aka Mr. Simon Keenlyside) constantly pops up on my computer screen (local IP adresses only?? – don’t know.)

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