The full score of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest, one of the 21st Century’s most successful operas – is to be made available for the first time as a beautifully produced, limited-edition publication. The unique cased score, featuring colour plates of the composer’s original manuscript and sketches, will be published on 8th August by Faber Music. Each of the 250 copies will be signed and numbered by the composer, and will feature a striking cover image Octopus by artist Claire Burbridge.
From the turbulent orchestral prelude with which it begins, and Ariel’s stratospheric ‘Five fathoms deep’, to the radiant quintet of reconciliation in its final act, Thomas Adès The Tempest conjures up a wholly compelling musical world. Responding to librettist Meredith Oakes’ clear, ingenious refashioning of Shakespeare into formalised rhyme schemes, Adès has created a new kind of tonal language that is both direct and communicative but also indelibly contemporary.