November 2, 2017
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—A live broadcast of Metropolitan Opera Conductor Thomas Adès’s adventurous opera, The Exterminating Angel airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 18 at 12:55 pm. In a recent review, The New York Times hailed the opera as “audacious” with “a wild, searing score,” declaring: “If you see one opera this year, make it The Exterminating Angel.”

The opera, premiering at the Met, is inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. The surreal fantasy tells the story of a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns directs; run time is 2 hours, 27 minutes. Tickets are $25 ($22 Clark members, $18 students). To purchase, visit or call 413 458 0524.

Now in its twelfth season, The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live performances transmitted to theaters in seventy countries around the world. Live telecasts feature the full performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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