The Enchanted Island Mashes Up Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau
Saturday, March 08, 2014
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.
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