See the return of the Metropolitan Opera's 'The Enchanted Island'

See the return of the Metropolitan Opera's 'The Enchanted Island'
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."

The Enchanted Island

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.

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