• As the opera begins, Prospero commands his spirit Ariel (pictured)...

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    Thomas Adès's contemporary masterpiece The Tempest, with a libretto by Meredith Oakes based on Shakespeare's play, has its Met premiere on October 23. The production by Robert Lepage is conducted by the composer and stars Simon Keenlyside as Prospero, a role he created to widespread acclaim in the opera's 2004 world premiere.

  • ...to conjure a storm that will shipwreck his enemies.

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  • Prospero (Simon Keenlyside) then orders Ariel (Audrey Luna) to bring the shipwrecked to his island–in the Met production, a recreation of Milan's La Scala opera house.

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  • Audrey Luna as Ariel

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  • Simon Keenlyside as Prospero

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  • Isabel Leonard as Miranda, Prospero's daughter

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  • The shipwrecked courtiers mock Caliban (Alan Oke, center), a native creature and son of the island's previous ruler.

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  • Asked by the courtiers who his master is, Caliban (Alan Oke) is silenced by Prospero (Simon Keenlyside).

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  • Toby Spence as Antonio, Prospero's brother and usurper of his dukedom

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  • Caliban falsely offers Stefano (Kevin Burdette, center) and Trinculo (Iestyn Davies, at left), two drunken members of the court, the kingship of the island.

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  • When Miranda (Isabel Leonard) meets and falls in love with Ferdinand (Alek Sharder), the Prince of Naples...

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  • ...Prospero realizes he has lost his daughter to a power stronger than his own.

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  • The exhausted courtiers wander about the island, as Prospero (Simon Keenlyside) looks on.

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  • Ariel (Audrey Luna) appears as a harpy to the courtiers, frightening them.

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  • Prospero's revenge being done, he offers forgiveness to his enemies and resolves to relinquish his magic powers.

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