• The Enchanted Island Educator Guide

This world-premiere Met production is a contemporary take on the 18th-century tradition of the pastiche—a form of theater in which existing pieces of music from works of one or several composers are fitted with a new text and a new storyline. The Enchanted Island combines some of the most beautiful arias and ensembles by George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and other Baroque composers with a new English libretto by Jeremy Sams, inspired by situations and characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Merging traditional 18th-century staging techniques with state-of-the-art video projections, the visually dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, the team behind the Met’s acclaimed production of Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha (seen live in HD in November 2011). Countertenor David Daniels as Prospero, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Sycorax, and legendary tenor Plácido Domingo as Neptune lead the cast.

  • Classroom Activity

    A full-length activity, designed to support your ongoing curriculum.

  • Musical Highlights

    Four "Musical Highlights" designed to focus on bits of music from The Enchanted Island to cultivate familiarity with the work.
  • Performance Activities

    Performance Activities for students to enjoy during the Metropolitan Opera HD transmission.
  • Post-Show Discussion

    A post-transmission activity, integrating the Live in HD experience into students' wider views of the performing arts and humanities.

Conducted by William Christie, one of today’s foremost interpreters of Baroque music, The Enchanted Island is at once a showcase for great singing and rarely heard vocal masterpieces and a theatrical adventure filled with comedy, romance, and magic.

The activities in this guide introduce students to a variety of elements— from The Enchanted Island’s musical sources, to its Shakespearean aspects, to the dramatic challenges of the pastiche form. The guide is designed to enhance appreciation of a work that blends music and movement, fantasy and language, old-fashioned storytelling and modern stage wizardry in a way that only opera can. Presented in the rich sound and stunning images of a live high-definition transmission, The Enchanted Island is an unprecedented experience for the senses. This guide can help your students make the most of this extraordinary new work.