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Program for the contemporary opera The exterminating angel - Opéra Bastille from February 29 to March 23, 2024.

After last season's The Dante Project, the Opéra national de Paris continues to explore the music of contemporary composer Thomas Adès with the French premiere of The Exterminating Angel.

Inspired by Luis Buñuel's 1962 surrealist film, which delivered a scathing critique of the bourgeoisie, the work opens with a dinner party of high society friends in a plush mansion after an opera performance. Gradually, however, a mysterious force prevents the fifteen guests from leaving the reception. In this confinement for no apparent reason that stretches over several days, the veneer of propriety cracks, revealing the worst of human nature.

Thomas Adès's score is rich and tense, amplifying the strange atmosphere of the libretto with unusual instruments such as the ondes Martenot. Calixto Bieito, who has long been fascinated by Buñuel's world, is responsible for staging this in camera drama.

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