Thursday, 2 October 2008
Readers may recall that I and my friend Stripy Mark went to see Thomas Adès's Tempest at the ROH last summer. Subsequently more clips of the opera have appeared on YouTube, and this one - Ariel's aria 'Five Fathoms Deep' - is a good example of the eerie beauty and weirdness of the muisc. Cyndia Seiden, singing spectrally, inhumanly high, utters a long, slow series of notes which constantly seem to be about to break out into ravishingly wistful loveliness, but never quite do. The recording is scratchy, and Meredith Oakes' libretto is still rubbish.