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So Handel, Vivaldi and Purcell Walk Into A Bar...
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It’s the middle of July.  Vacation season is upon us and scenic

beachside

pictures abound on

Instagram

.  But never fear if you’re still stuck in town sans fresh

tanlines

!  Wednesday night, the Metropolitan Opera has a ticket to your own island getaway complete with all of your favorite characters and music.

Tomorrow evening, the Met will continue its summer encore broadcasts with

The Enchanted Island

, a recent work by British theater director Jeremy Sams.  Premiered in 2011,

The Enchanted Island

is a pasticcio (a musical mashup, not a nut) that combines the music of George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell among others.  Sams, who himself is the son of a Shakespeare scholar, also draws inspiration from

The Tempest

and

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

for a libretto that is familiar yet wholly new.

As characters from the two plays begin to collide, mayhem and confusion predictably ensue.  Attempting to maintain harmony, the mighty sea god Neptune intervenes and endeavours to correct the mishaps of the rest of the gang.  The gorgeous sets, extravagant costumes and repurposed Baroque tunes make

The Enchanted Island

exactly that.  Watch the trailer here.

Plácido

Domingo dazzles as Neptune and shares the stage with all-stars David Daniels, Joyce

DiDonato

, Danielle de

Niese

and Luca

Pisaroni

.  William Christie conducts.

Curtain goes up at 7 pm this Wednesday, July 16th at all area

Cinemark

theaters.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online here.

(Photo by Ken Howard, courtesy of Metropolitan Opera.)

Follow Michael on Twitter: @rackoflambert.


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Native Louisvillian, local musician, School of Music grad. Writing about the classical music scene in our lovely River City. If you have a question or want to debate Wagner, drop me a line on Twitter! "The only love affair I ever had was with music." -Maurice Ravel

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