"The Enchanted Island" - Music by Handel, Vivaldi & others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, David Daniels, Luca Pisaroni and the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus, William Christie conducting

 

 

This baroque pastiche opera, premiered at the Met last New Year's Eve, is a delightful treat for any opera lover, and would serve as a great introduction to opera, since it's in English and features a top-notch cast and design!


The opera takes the plots of Shakespeare's Tempest and the lovers of A Midsummer Night's Dream and conflates them into a rollicking story of shipwreck, mistaken identities, revenge, longing, and finally reconciliation and love. DiDonato's Sycorax is a tour de force, ripping off revenge arias and playing them to the hilt, but with impeccable musciality. If you're a fan of DiDonato, this is a must have. Danielle Di Niesse was a discovery for me in the role of Ariel--her beautiful soprano fills the stage with electricity, and she plays both the serious and comic sides of the magical sprite perfectly. Placido Domingo plays Neptune, the sea God, in a great small role. The rest of the cast is pitch-perfect and strongly cast. It IS a bit long, but with a cast this great, that hardly registers. The role of Prospero is also sung by a countertenor, which is a rarity (since Baroque operas, which use them the most, are rarely seen), but last year's Met season gave us two big countertenor showpieces (here and in Rodelinda, with Renee Fleming, also on DVD).


This is a magical production that is definitely worth its space on your Opera Shelf. I didn't notice any problems with picture or sound with it being on DVD; it was very clear in both respects.

 

This will amaze and astound you...

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  • R. Ross H.

    Super

    August 17, 2013

  • Raymond C.

    Five stars!!!

    August 17, 2013

  • Rosemary R.

    I will try to attend I am waiting for a delivery if it arrives before 930am I will be there.

    August 11, 2013

  • R. Ross H.

    I expect a great performance! RRH

    August 11, 2013

  • Stan C.

    ps
    To those of you new to the Opera Meetup at the Chapel Hill Seymour Sr. Center - please be aware that most of our members follow us via email alerts from the Seymour Senior Center and their publications. Our average attendance at a performance is between 35 and 50, so never fear of a cancellation because of a low posted confirmation here on the Meetup site.

    August 3, 2013

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