Thursday, November 15, 2012

The other barihunk "The Tempest" at USC

Kevin Blickfeldt
There's been a lot of attention given to Thomas Adès' "The Tempest" at the Metropolitan Opera with barihunk Simon Keenlyside. But on the opposite coast, the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music is producing a barihunk-laden performance of Lee Hoiby's "The Tempest."

Austin Thompson plays the major role of Prospero and Kevin Blickfeldt plays Antonio. They are joined by a bevy of low voices, including David Castillo as Ferdinand, Steve Pence as Alonso, Cole Cuomo as Sebastian,  Travis Sherwood as Trinculo and James Hayden as Stephano, and Abram Poliakoff and Robin Wyatt Stone as courtiers. 

There are two more performances Friday night and Sunday afternoon. You can get additional information on the USC website.

Austin Thompson
Shakespeare's story has inspired 50 operas including Fromental Halévy's La Tempesta, Zdeněk Fibich's Bouře, Frank Martin's Der Sturm and Michael Tippett's The Knot Garden. Incidental music based on The Tempest has been written by Arthur Sullivan, Ernest Chausson, Jean Sibelius, Malcolm Arnold, Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Bliss, Engelbert Humperdinck, Hector Berlioz, Willem Pijper and Henry Purcell. You can see the second HD broadcast of Adès' "The Tempest" in theaters on November 28th.

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