Met Opera on Demand Catalog
The Enchanted Island
(Jan. 21, 2012)
Composer: George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, André Campra
Librettist: Devised and written by Jeremy Sams, Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream
Christie; de Niese, DiDonato, Daniels, Domingo, Pisaroni
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 2 min.
A contemporary take on the 17th-century genre of the pastiche, this delightful Baroque fantasy brings together some of the greatest arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers with a new English libretto by Jeremy Sams, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The all-star cast is headed by David Daniels as Prospero, Joyce DiDonato as Sycorax, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Luca Pisaroni as Caliban, and the legendary Plácido Domingo as Neptune. Early music specialist William Christie conducts this dazzling world-premiere production, designed and directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.