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Ades arrives at the Royal Opera

Almost ten years since the startling operatic success of Powder Her Face, Thomas Ades unveiled his new work The Tempest, written for the full forces of the Royal Opera House.

The two works are in stark contrast to one another - the former cynical, jazzy, and irridescent in its use of avant-garde orchestration. The latter accepts most of the traditions of 19th century grand opera, including numerous set pieces, and an at-times Wagnerian approach to tonal harmony.

It is nevertheless a powerful work which diplays a strange maturity in a composer who is still only 32. It is already guaranteed several performances in continental Europe.


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