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ENCHANTED ISLAND, THE

"The best opera Handel and Vivaldi never wrote"

Associated Press

What happens when director-writer-composer extraordinaire Jeremy Sams brings together two parts Shakespeare, liberal doses of Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau, and is joined by Baroque specialist William Christie, the director-designer team of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, and a fabulous cast of opera singers from David Daniels and Joyce DiDonato to Danielle de Niese, Luca Pisaroni, and Plácido Domingo? The Enchanted Island is one of the first modern-day takes on the pastiche, an 18th-century musical-theater genre made up of pieces from existing operas and oratorios, along with a new libretto. The score features a selection of hits and rarities by the aforementioned trio of Baroque composers (and a few others). The plot shipwrecks the lovers from "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" on Prospero’s island from "The Tempest". There’s also a deus ex machina-style appearance by Domingo as Neptune and a full-fledged, masque-like ballet extravaganza.

Composer
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel
Orchestra
The Metropolitan Opera
Conductor
William Christie
Singers
Danielle de Niese, Plácido Domingo, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato
Production
Phelim McDermott
Year
2012
Duration
03:03:00
Picture Format
HD
Sound
5.1 Surround Sound
Format
Opera
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