So Handel, Vivaldi and Purcell Walk Into A Bar...

So Handel, Vivaldi and Purcell Walk Into A Bar...

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.)


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About Michael J. Lambert
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!
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