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The Enchanted Island

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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.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 21, 2012


George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, André Campra


Devised and written by Jeremy Sams, Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Run Time

3 HRS 02 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet