Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film The Exterminating Angel has become the year’s most talked about opera, a surrealist critique of highbrow society that features a dozen characters inexplicably incapable of escaping a dinner party. Professional live opera doesn’t exist in Rhode Island – Opera Providence hasn’t staged anything since its disastrous yellowface Mikado in 2014 – but it’s actually pretty fun to watch in a movie theater.* The Metropolitan Opera’s production kicks off with live sheep on stage and only gets weirder from there. It’s gotten rave reviews for its off-kilter score by Thomas Adès; most reviews mention the prominent use of the ondes martenot.
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