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9 November 2015

An elegant elite which is thrown back to their primitive instincts - British composer Thomas Adès' commissioned work at Salzburger Festspiele 2016

Recently, next year's Salzburger Festspiele (22 July - 31 August 2016) program was revealed at a press conference in Salzburg, Austria. British composer Thomas Adès' opera about a society which blocks its own freedom by the construction of reality is next year's opening premiere at Austria's most important high-culture festival for opera, theatre stage productions and concerts of classical and contemporary music. In 2016, Salzburg Festival will bring during 41 days 192 performances to stages at 14 locations. Thomas Adès' 'The Exterminating Angel' (inspired by the Mexican film 'El ángel exterminador' by Spanish director Luis Buñuel) is commissioned by Salzburg Festival and will travel after the performances in Salzburg (world premiere on 28 July at Haus für Mozart; further dates: 1, 5, 8 August) to London, Copenhagen and will be shown in 2018 in New York. The surrealist comedy-drama by Buñuel is about an elegant group of elite society which is thrown back to their barbarity and primitive instincts. "Despite their efforts to preserve morality and manners, aggression, barbarity, primitive instincts and passions break forth, accompanied by secret fears and cryptic images from the subconscious," is the play analyzed on

fig.: Portrait Thomas Adès. Photo: (C) Brian Voce.

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