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WQXR’s Met Opera Preview: The Enchanted Island

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On New Year’s Eve, the Metropolitan Opera will host the World Premier of The Enchanted Island, a Baroque pastiche that brings together the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau, among others, with the characters and setting from two Shakespearean plays.

At 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 7, WQXR will host an Enchanted Island preview event in the Greene Space to explore what's behind the new production and feature some of its performers. The evening, which will be broadcast as a live video webcast, will include arias and duets by countertenor David Daniels, sopranos Danielle de Niese, Layla Claire and Lisette Oropesa, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, as well as conversations with creator Jeremy Sams, conductor William Christie and the director-designer team of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch. WQXR’s Midge Woolsey hosts.

A pastiche means an artistic collection or mélange and in The Enchanted Island, Sams, who wrote the new libretto, places the four lovers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Prospero’s island from The Tempest. It’s all set to the music of Baroque composers including Handel, Leclair, Vivaldi and Rameau.

 

A design by Julian Crouch for <em>The Enchanted Island</em>.
A design by Julian Crouch for The Enchanted Island. ( Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera )
A design by Julian Crouch for <em>The Enchanted Island</em>.
A design by Julian Crouch for The Enchanted Island. ( Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera )
A design by Julian Crouch for <em>The Enchanted Island</em>.
A design by Julian Crouch for The Enchanted Island. ( Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera )
Ariel costumes designed by Kevin Pollard for <em>The Enchanted Island</em>.
Ariel costumes designed by Kevin Pollard for The Enchanted Island. ( Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera )
Neptune, mermen and mermaids costumes designed by Kevin Pollard for <em>The Enchanted Island</em>.
Neptune, mermen and mermaids costumes designed by Kevin Pollard for The Enchanted Island. ( Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera )
Hermia costumes designed by Kevin Pollard for <em>The Enchanted Island</em>.
Hermia costumes designed by Kevin Pollard for The Enchanted Island. ( Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera )
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