The Enchanted Island Mashes Up Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Plácido Domingo as Neptune, King of the Seas, and Susan Graham as Sycorax in the Baroque pastiche 'The Enchanted Island.' Plácido Domingo as Neptune, King of the Seas, and Susan Graham as Sycorax in the Baroque pastiche "The Enchanted Island." (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

This Saturday at noon, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its production of The Enchanted Island featuring tenor Placido Domingo and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. The production brings back the baroque form called pastiche (or "mess") that fuses a wide array of music from different composers.

Part Tempest, part Midsummer Night's Dream, this mash-up first premiered in 2011 to generally enthusiastic reviews. To piece together this Baroque-styled wonder, Peter Gelb called on director and lyricist Jeremy Sams, who has become a regular at the company. In addition to writing new lyrics in English, Sams tailored the music to the productions star performers. The result, as we hear, is reminiscent of the pasticcios of yore. 

Cast:

Conductor: Patrick Summers
Ariel: Danielle de Niese
Miranda: Andriana Chuchman
Sycorax: Susan Graham
Prospero: David Daniels
Ferdinand: Anthony Roth Costanzo
Neptune: Plácido Domingo
Caliban: Luca Pisaroni

Comments [2]

concetta nardone

This opera is a pleasant change of pace. Ira was not so enchanting.
From the crowded and not so enchanting island of Nassau
Best wishes to all

Mar. 08 2014 03:23 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner MUSIC Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

So much has been blogged on the terrific successful pastiche of baroque composers' s music tastefully joined with new lyrics and masterful technology and marvelous singing that I am very much interested in hearing its broadcast today.

Mar. 08 2014 12:32 PM

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