The Tempest
opera by
Thomas Adès
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The Tempest, a co-production with the Royal Danish Opera and the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, France, opened February 10, 2004, at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Simon Keenlyside was Prospero, Ian Bostridge was Caliban, Cynthia Sieden was Ariel in her Royal Opera debut and the opera's composer Thomas Ades conducted in his company debut. The libretto is by Meredith Oakes, and the production is by Tom Cairns.--from an Associated Press report of March 27, 2003.
February 2, 2004

"A week before the première of The Tempest, wunderkind composer Thomas Adès has not even finished the overture for his opera based on the Shakespeare play, still less begun to rehearse it with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

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"Simon Keenlyside, the baritone who is to sing Prospero, has been kicking up a storm over late changes to his part, and the orchestra has been told it won't see the overture until Friday's stage run-through, a day before the dress (or should that be distress?) rehearsal."
--from an Observer-UK article at

Article by Ian Bostridge, 6 February 2004, at


Rupert Christiansen for

Andrew Clark, at

Andrew Clements, for

Barbara Diana, il giornale della musica

HE Elsom,

Melanie Eskenzi,

Anthony Holden,

Robert Hugill, Music & Vision

Musical Pointers

Peter Quantrill, Gramophone

Alex Ross, the
New Yorker

Anthony Tommasini of New York Times, in International Herald Tribune

Michael White,

Richard Whitehouse,

Helen Wright,
"A co-production of the opera companies in Strausbourg [sic], France, and Copenhagen, it will be offered this fall by the Strasbourg Opera in Mulhouse and at an unspecified future date at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen. The Metropolitan Opera must bring this significant new work to New York," wrote Anthony Tommasini for the New York Times of February 23, 2004, at
In 2006 Santa Fe Opera presented the first American staging of The Tempest by Thomas Adès. Adès is widely recognized as one of today's most talented young composers, and The Tempest, which won the prestigious 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Opera,' is his first large-scale stage work. The cast featured Cyndia Sieden as Ariel, Patricia Risley as Miranda, Will Ferguson as Caliban, and Rodney Gilfry as Prospero. Alan Gilbert conducted; the director and designer were Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown.