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Met Tempest Review

In Defense Of Storms: The 'Tempest' Is Magical

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

As Hurricane Sandy serves to remind us, storms at sea can throw up all sorts of surprises, and the Metropolitan Opera's thrilling production of Thomas Ades' The Tempest opens with a shipwreck scene amid a turbulent sea that sets a magical tone for what is to follow.

'The Tempest' At The Met: No Happy Ending In Sight

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.25.2012 | Arts
Andrew Losowsky

The biggest problem with the Met's new production of The Tempest is, well, that it's The Tempest. There's no way of interpreting the story closely that doesn't involve a supposedly happy ending (spoiler alert for 400-year-old text, folks) being the return to royalty of an exiled European aristocrat who has in the meantime created his own colony built on the fear and subjugation of his new island home's original occupants. Not to mention the creepy patriarchal attitude towards his daughter.