Adès, Thomas

Adès, Thomas

(ăd`ĭs), 1971–, British composer, conductor, and pianist, b. London; studied Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and King's College, Cambridge. He made his debut (1993) as a pianist at London's Park Lane Group, and soon also became known as an accomplished and prolific composer, writing a wide variety of solo, orchestral, chamber, choral, and operatic works. He attracted attention with his first work, Five Eliot Landscapes (1990) for soprano and piano and since has been accclaimed as one of Britain's most talented young classical composers. Among his many works are Asyla (1997), Trevot (2007), and Polaris (2010), for orchestra; Living Toys (1993), for chamber ensemble; The Four Quartets (2010), for string quartet; and Totentanz (2013), for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra. Adès is particularly known for his three operas: Powder Her Face (1995), a chamber opera that provoked controversy with its themes of sexual high jinks and divorce among the aristocracy, The Tempest (2003), an expressive interpretation of Shakespeare's masterpiece, and The Exterminating Angel (2016), based on the BuñuelBuñuel, Luis
, 1900–83, Spanish film director, b. Calanda, Aragón. In his best films, he used poetic, often bizarre imagery and black humor to question and undermine all claims of authority and knowledge.
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 film in which dinner guests are mysteriously incapable of leaving a mansion room.

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