Opera: The Enchanted Island
Date(s) - 06/12/2019
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Arts Station
Fernie Friends of Opera screens exceptional productions from around the world once a month from September to May. Admission is by donation. After the screenings, DVDs are donated to the Fernie Heritage Library.
December’s opera is:
The Enchanted Island
Cast: David Daniels, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Luca Pisaronik, Lisette Oropesa, Paul Appleby, Placido Domingo and more…
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
conducted by William Christie, Production: Phelim McDermott
Devised and written by Jeremy Sams
Sung in English with English subtitles, 2011, 3:00
Inspired by the 18th-century tradition of the pastiche, The Enchanted Island is a new work featuring music by some of the Baroque era’s greatest composers — including Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau — with an original libretto.
The dramatic framework of this Baroque fantasy brings together situations and characters from two Shakespearean plays: the four lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked during their honeymoon voyage on Prospero’s island from The Tempest. In addition to the characters found in the original plays, The Enchanted Island imagines the sorceress Sycorax (who is mentioned in The Tempest but never appears on stage) vying with Prospero for control of the island.