The Enchanted Island
, a new Baroque pastiche which was one of the biggest hits of the 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera season, will return to The Met for seven performances beginning February 26, 2014.
The opera features music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and other Baroque masters, with a new libretto in English by Jeremy Sams
in which the lovers from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are shipwrecked on Prospero's island from "The Tempest."
Conductor Patrick Summers
leads an all-star cast including David Daniels
as Prospero, Susan Graham
as his formidable foe Sycorax, Plácido Domingo
as Neptune, Danielle de Niese
as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni
as Caliban. Andriana Chuchman
and Anthony Roth Costanzo
play Miranda and Ferdinand. For this revival, the libretto has been streamlined and two new Handel arias for Graham and Domingo will replace pieces used in the original version.
“fanciful, clever and touching” —The New York Times
The New York Times called The Enchanted Island
"fanciful, clever and touching," adding, "What gives The Enchanted Island
its poignancy is the palpable respect for the beautiful borrowed music...the piece unfolds with remarkable integrity and consistency, despite the use of music from so many sources and styles." The Associated Press dubbed it "irresistibly entertaining...a light-hearted romp with enough fizz to send a dozen Champagne corks popping."
The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha
“irresistibly entertaining” —Associated Press
The score and aria provenance information are available to view online here
Purchase tickets: www.metopera.org The Enchanted Island
on PBS Great Performances: www.pbs.org/gperf
For more information, contact Peggy.Monastra@schirmer.com