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MAX Goes to the Opera Online: The Exterminating Angel

  • 21 Apr 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online Meeting


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For the second MAX virtual performing arts event, we're going to watch the New York Metropolitan Opera production of The Exterminating Angel.

Join co-champions Bruce Cecil and Michael Meehan online on Tuesday, April 21st, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, to discuss this performance.

The Exterminating Angel is a modern (2016) English-language opera by Thomas Adès. 

The New York Times reviewer wrote in 2017 "If you see one opera this year, make it The Exterminating Angel Read the New York Times review here.

As the opera opens, a group of elegant socialites gather for a lavish dinner party, but when it is time to leave, no one is able to escape.  As the days pass, their behavior becomes increasingly erratic and savage.  The large ensemble cast tackles both the vocal and dramatic demands of Adès's score with one riveting performance after another.  Tom Cairns directs an engrossing and inventive production, using a towering wooden archway to trap the characters onstage.  Adès himself takes the podium to conduct the frenzied score.

This emotionally thrilling opera provides fertile ground for conversation: the possible meanings of this surrealistic extravaganza and the relationship to our own lives in which we are all now trapped in our own restrictive environments, day after day, week after week.

The Exterminating Angel is available online from The Met Opera On Demand.   The Exterminating Angel opera can be accessed here.  The opera may be rented for $4.99 or watched by signing up for an on-demand subscription.  The Met Opera On Demand Subscription is offered with a free seven-day free trial, after which the charge is $14.99/month.

Here's how this event will work:

  • Click REGISTER on the left to register for the online video meeting.  The video meeting will be a Zoom meeting.  Please be sure to provide an accurate email address so that you'll receive the invitation to the video meeting.
  • Click here to sign-up for The Met Opera On Demand Subscription or rent The Exterminating Angel.  Watch the two-hour and twenty-two minute performance of The Exterminating Angel in your home sometime before 7pm April 21st.
  • Bruce will email a link for the Zoom meeting before April 21st.
  • On Tuesday April 21st, click on the link in the email from Bruce to join the 7pm Zoom meeting.  Nothing else needs to be done.  If using a PC, you'll want a working microphone and speakers.  If you have a webcam, then others will be able to see you.  Zoom also works very well if you have an iPad or a smartphone - you just need to download the free app.  You may also call-in with any phone and participate via voice only.
  • You'll be able to see and talk with others from MAX as you share your experiences watching The Exterminating Angel and your thoughts on the performance.
You must register in order to receive the link to the Zoom meeting, participate in the Zoom meeting, and to receive any further details from the event champions.

Click REGISTER on the left today to be invited to the Tuesday April 21st, 7pm Zoom meeting to discuss The Metropolitan Opera performance of The Exterminating Angel.

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