The Met: Live in HD
2/8/2012 6:30 PM
The Met: Live in HD presents The Enchanted Island.
In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world’s
best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from
Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island
of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the
18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi,
Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William
Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato
(Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese
as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth
Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and
designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the
Met’s 125 anniversary gala).
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