"THE TEMPEST" NAMED "BEST OPERA RECORDING" AT THE GRAMMYS
The Deutsche Grammophon DVD recording of Thomas Adès's opera The Tempest was named Best Opera Recording at the 56th annual Grammy Awards last night. Also nominated in the category was the Yellow Label's Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Christian Thielemann.
Robert Lepage's groundbreaking production of The Tempest for the Metropolitan Opera starred Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke. It was conducted by the composer and produced by David Saks.
The DVD received rave reviews on its release last August. Classiquenews.com wrote: "London has given birth to a masterpiece of contemporary opera."
The 2014 Grammy's were presented at a glitzy ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Thomas Adès was present to accept the award and thanked the Metropolitan Opera's general manager Peter Gelb for putting operas in cinemas through the company's Live in HD programme.
The Tempest was premiered at London's Royal Opera House in February 2004 and has been seen in Copenhagen, Strasbourg, Santa Fe, Frankfurt, Lübeck and Quebec City. The new production by Robert Lepage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2012 was transmitted live to more than 1,800 cinemas in 55 countries. The same production will be staged at the Vienna Staatsoper as part of the 2014/15 season.