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Thinking with opera, Episode 3: Operas of Confinement

How do music, plot, staging, action, dance and performance combine to produce meaning for an opera audience?

Taking a close look at Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, Professor Edward Venn of the University of Leeds and choreographer and director Aletta Collins – who choreographed the opera’s premiere in 2004 – explore the conversation between different elements in opera.

They also consider the notions of confinement and restricted movement in all three of Adès’s operas: The TempestPowder Her Face (1995), and The Exterminating Angel (2016), which take on a new significance in the COVID-era.

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