‘The Exterminating Angel’ comes to PAC

Steven Martz, Staff writer

The Mercyhurst Institute of Arts and Culture (MIAC) is exposing the Erie community to an amazing opera performance at The Metropolitan Opera.
MIAC is live streaming “The Exterminating Angel.”
The streamed performance is on Nov. 18 at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.
The opera will have a total run time of 2 hours and 40 minutes with a single 30 minute intermission.
“The Exterminating Angel” is sung in English with “Met Titles” in English, German and Spanish.
The opera was composed by Thomas Adès, and the libretto was written by Tom Cairns.
The creators of the opera have very hands-on roles in the opera itself.
Adès is conducting, and Cairns is producing.
“The Exterminating Angel” was inspired by a Luis Buñuel film that shares a name.
“The Exterminating Angel” follows the story of a dinner party where the guests cannot escape.
The opera takes place at a very large mansion in the 1960s. It is suggested to be located in Mexico City.
The story never really explains why the guests cannot leave.
The once-sophisticated group turns more and more primal as the opera progresses.
The cast includes Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frederic Antoun, David Portillo and David Adam Moore.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students, $18 for an adult ticket, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions and $10 for youth.