The Tempest Comes to the Clark in Latest
Installment of The Met: Live in HD

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2012

Williamstown, MA—Thomas Adès, Britain’s preeminent contemporary composer, conducts the Met premiere of his Shakespearean masterpiece The Tempest in a production The New York Times says "should be the most significant artistic statement of the Met season." The three-act performance will be broadcast live at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 10 at 12:55 pm.

Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). Approximate running time is 120 minutes.

Visionary director Robert Lepage’s production conjures a breathtaking world of illusion in which Prospero (Simon Keenlyside), the exiled Duke of Milan, practices his magical arts. Full of dreamy and highly lyrical language, The Tempest explores many diverse concepts: the desire for revenge, the lust for power, the nature of magic, the superior force of young love, and the possibility of reconciliation.

LePage recreates the interior of the La Scala opera house as a magical island for Prospero’s sorcery. Keenlyside has garnered critical acclaim for the role since the opera’s 2004 world premiere at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The Tempest also stars Isabel Leonard as Prospero’s daughter, Miranda; Toby Spence as his brother, Antonio; Audrey Luna as the spirit Ariel; Iestyn Davies as the jester, Trinculo; Alek Shrader in his Met debut as the noble Ferdinand; Alan Oke as the monstrous Caliban; and William Burden as the King of Naples. The libretto, by Meredith Oakes, is adapted from the original text of Shakespeare’s play.

The Tempest is an extraordinary, exquisite composition,” Lepage says. “The opera captures the magic of Shakespeare’s last play. It is a box full of magic tricks, which makes it a gift for me and for the designers.”

Adès describes the music of The Tempest as “a tissue that’s woven in, so that everything is related in the music, and all the elements create a view of the world that’s whole, a sphere.”

“The Met: Live in HD,” the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar listing

November 10: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will broadcast a live transmission of Shakespeare’s The Tempest from The Met on Saturday, November 10 at 12:55 pm. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303,

Amanda Powers

The Clark

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