Last week, the Metropolitan Opera presented Thomas Ades’ “The Tempest,” in a new production that used the opera house as a metaphor for the island in the storm. This week, Mother Nature upped director Robert Lepage’s concept by unleashing a tempest of its own onto the island of Manhattan, making Ades’ opera a metaphor for the New York City arts community as it struggles to regroup after the city’s most destructive storm in a generation.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the super storm Sandy had shuttered two performances at the Met (Monday’s “Marriage of Figaro” and Tuesday’s “Turandot”), but reached by phone, General Manager Peter Gelb insists that Wednesday night’s “Tempest” will go on.
“There was one window pane that was broken — but that was it,” Gelb said, describing how the Met's landmark 4,000 seat opera house fared in the storm. “The only thing that’s different than before Sandy, ironically, is that we took down the banner for our new production of 'The Tempest.' But we hope it will be up tomorrow along with the production Wednesday night.”
The Met’s website is selling tickets for Wednesday night’s “Tempest,” as are official sites for most Broadway shows. (Telecharge even shows face value seats selling for Wednesday night’s performance of “The Book of Mormon.")