I love comparing composers’ interpretations of the same myths, stories, histories…but first wanted to impress that Ades’ Ariel is my favorite. I’m far from a music critic, but the eerie, mystical, sprightly, unpredictable intonations & inflections are just like I’d imagine a little spirit like Ariel to be. Here’s what German critic, Spinola, had to say about the opera after it’s debut in Germany: (article)
‘Sein „Sturm“ lohnt den Opernbesuch.’
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Julia Spinola), 12 January 2010
His “storm” is worth the trip to the opera.
I’ll definitely brave that storm if I have the chance. Looks like the Met will premiere it in November 2012- might have to take my chances!
Check out Ariel’s “five fathoms”