Hear the Surreal Instruments of the Met’s New Opera

October 24, 2017

To transform Luis Buñuel’s surreal, darkly satirical 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” into an opera, the composer Thomas Adès added a few very unusual instruments to the traditional orchestra. Some of them have never, or only very rarely, been heard in the pit of the Metropolitan Opera, which will present the work’s American premiere on Thursday.

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