• The Enchanted Island

Inspired by the 18th-century tradition of the pastiche, The Enchanted Island is an extraordinary new work featuring music by some of the Baroque era’s greatest composers and a libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sams. It had its world premiere at the Met in the 2011–12 season and returns to the stage for the first time this February. A popular genre in its day, a pastiche (or pasticcio) combines existing music by one or several composers with a new text and storyline. Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau, whose works are prominently featured in The Enchanted Island, all devised pastiches from their own music.

The dramatic framework of this Baroque fantasy brings together situations and characters from two Shakespearean plays: the four lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked during their honeymoon voyage on Prospero’s island from The Tempest. In addition to the characters found in the original plays, The Enchanted Island imagines the sorceress Sycorax (who is mentioned in The Tempest but never appears on stage) vying with Prospero for control of the island. The musical selections are drawn from the works of a wide range of composers, including some who are lesser known today. Following is a list of the individual numbers and their provenance, reflecting changes made for this revival.


Overture
George Frideric Handel: Alcina, HWV 34


Act I

1. “My Ariel" (Prospero, Ariel) – “Ah, if you would earn your freedom” (Prospero)
Antonio Vivaldi: Cessate, omai cessate, cantata, RV 684, “Ah, ch’infelice sempre”

2. “My master, generous master – I can conjure you fire” (Ariel)
Handel: Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a, Part I, “Un pensiero nemico di pace”

3. “Then what I desire” (Prospero, Ariel)

4. “There are times when the dark side – Maybe soon, maybe now” (Sycorax, Caliban)
Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act V, Scene 1, “Morirò, ma vendicata”

5. “The blood of a dragon – Stolen by treachery” (Caliban)
Handel: La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47, Part I, Scene 1, “O voi, dell’Erebo”

6. “Miranda! My Miranda!” (Prospero, Miranda) – “I have no words for this feeling” (Miranda)
Handel: Notte placida e cheta, cantata, HWV 142, "Che non si dà”

7. “My master’s books – Take salt and stones” (Ariel)
Based on Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes d’Hébé, Deuxième entrée: La Musique, Scene 7, “Aimez, aimez d’une ardeur mutuelle”

8. Quartet: “Days of pleasure, nights of love” (Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander)
Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act I, Scene 4, “Endless pleasure, endless love”

9. The Storm (chorus)
André Campra: Idoménée, Act II, Scene 1, “O Dieux! O justes Dieux!”

10. “I’ve done as you commanded” (Ariel, Prospero)
Handel: La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47, “Di rabbia indarno freme”

11. “Oh, Helena, my Helen – You would have loved this island” (Demetrius)
Handel: La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47, Part I, Scene 2, “Così la tortorella”

12. “Would that it could last forever – Wonderful, wonderful” (Miranda, Demetrius)
Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act I, Scene 5, “Prendi, prendi”

13. “Why am I living?” (Helena)
Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act II, Scene 1, “Dolce riposo”
“With this, now I can start again – Once, once at my command” (Sycorax)
Jean-Marie Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus, Act IV, Scene 4, “Et toi, dont les embrasements… Noires divinités”

14. “Mother, why not? – Mother, my blood is freezing” (Caliban)
Vivaldi: Il Farnace, RV 711, Act II, Scene 5 & 6, “Gelido in ogni vena”

15. “Help me out of this nightmare” – Quintet: “Beautiful, wonderful" (Helena, Sycorax, Caliban, Miranda, Demetrius)
Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act I, Scene 5, recitative preceding “Prendi, prendi”

16. “Welcome Ferdinand – All I’ve done is try to help you” (Prospero)
Vivaldi: Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, motet, RV 629, “Longe mala, umbrae, terrores”

17. “Curse you, Neptune” (Lysander)
Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718, Act III, Scene 6, “Dopo un’orrida procella”

18. “Your bride, sir?” (Ariel, Lysander, Demetrius, Miranda) – Trio: “Away, away! You loathsome wretch, away!” (Miranda, Demetrius, Lysander)
Handel: Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66, Part II, “Away, ye tempt me both in vain"

19. “Two castaways – Arise! Arise, great Neptune” (Ariel)
Attr. Henry Purcell: The Tempest, or, The Enchanted Island, Z. 631, Act II, no. 3, “Arise, ye subterranean winds”

20. “This is convolvulus” (Helena, Caliban) – “If the air should hum with noises” (Caliban)
Handel: Deidamia, HWV 42, Act II, Scene 4, “Nel riposo e nel contento”

21. “Neptune the Great” (Chorus)
Handel: Four Coronation Anthems, HWV 258, “Zadok the Priest”

22. “Who dares to call me? – Gone forever" (Neptune, Ariel)
Based on Handel: Tamerlano, HWV 18, “Oh, per me lieto”
“I’d forgotten that I was Lord" (Neptune, Chorus)
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie, Act II, Scene 3, “Qu’a server mon courroux”


Act II

23. “My God, what’s this? – Where are you now?” (Hermia)
Handel: Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60, Act III, Scene 3, “Where shall I fly?”

24. “So sweet, talking together” –
Vivaldi: Argippo, RV 697, Act I, Scene 1, “Se lento ancora il fulmine”
“Now it’s returning” (Sycorax)
Handel: Alcina, HWV 34, Act III, Scene 1 – “Stà nell’Ircana”

25. “Have you seen a young lady?” (Demetrius, Helena, Caliban) – “A voice, a face, a figure half-remembered” (Helena)
Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act III, Scene 4, “Hanno penetrato i detti tuoi l’inferno”

26. “His name, she spoke his name – The rage” (Caliban)
Handel: Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60, Act III, Scene 2 “O Jove, what land is this? – I rage”

27. “I try to shape my destiny – Chaos, confusion” (Prospero)
Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act II, Scene 5, “Pena tiranna”

28. “Oh, my darling, my sister – Men are fickle” (Helena, Hermia)
Handel: Atalanta, HWV 35, Act II, Scene 3 – “Amarilli? – O dei!”

29. “I knew the spell” (Sycorax, Caliban) – “Hearts that love can all be broken” (Sycorax)
Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (attr. Handel): Il pianto di Maria, cantata, HWV 234, “Giunta l’ora fatal – Sventurati i miei sospiri”

30. “Such meager consolation – No, I’ll have no consolation” (Caliban)
Vivaldi: Bajazet, RV 703, Act III, Scene 7, “Verrò, crudel spietato”

31. Masque of the Wealth of all the World
a. Quartet: Caliban goes into his dream, “Wealth and love can be thine”
Rameau: Les Indes galantes, Act III, Scene 7, “Tendre amour”
b. Parade
Rameau: Les fêtes d’Hébé, Troisième entrée: Les Dances, Scene 7, Tambourin en rondeau
c. The Women and the Unicorn
Rameau: Les fêtes d’Hébé, Troisième entrée: Les Dances, Scene 7, Musette
d. The Animals
Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Éléments, Act I, Tambourins I & II
e. Chaos
Rameau: Platée, Act I, Scene 6, Orage
f. The Calm
Campra: Idoménée, Act II, Scene 1

32. “With no sail and no rudder – Gliding onwards” (Ferdinand)
Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act II, Scene 1, “Io ramingo – Sussurrate, onde vezzose”

33. Sextet: “Follow hither, thither, follow me” (Ariel, Miranda, Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander)
Handel: Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a, Part II, Quartet: “Voglio tempo”

34. “Sleep now" (Ariel)
Vivaldi: Tito Manlio, RV 78, Act III, Scene 1, “Sonno, se pur sei sonno”

35. “Darling, it’s you at last” (Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena)
Vivaldi: La verità in cimento, RV 739, Act II, scene 9, “Anima mia, mio ben”

36. “The wat’ry God has heard the island’s pleas” (Chorus)
Handel: Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66, Part III, “Impartial Heav’n!”

37. “Sir, honored sir – I have dreamed you" (Ferdinand, Miranda)
Handel: Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi, cantata, HWV 197, “Ma se l’alma sempre geme”

38. “The time has come. The time is now” (“Maybe soon, maybe now,” reprise) (Sycorax)
Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act V, Scene 1, “Morirò, ma vendicata”

39. “Enough! How dare you?" (Prospero, Neptune) – “Tyrant! Merely a petty tyrant.” (Neptune)
Handel: Tamerlano, HWV 18, Act III, Scene 1, “Empio, per farti guerra”

40. “To stray is mortal” (Prospero, Caliban) – “Forgive me, please forgive me” (Prospero)
Handel: Partenope, HWV 27, Act III, Scene 4, “Ch’io parta?”

41. “We gods who watch the ways of man” (Neptune, Sycorax, Chorus)
Handel: L’allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I, “Come, but keep thy wonted state – Join with thee”

42. “This my hope for the future" (Prospero) – “Can you feel the heavens are reeling” (Ariel)
Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718, Act II, scene 2, “Agitata da due venti”

43. “Now a bright new day is dawning” (Ensemble)
Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63, Part III, “Hallelujah”