Last week, some of New York’s most enchanting young opera aficionados gathered in the upstairs bar area of the Metropolitan opera to mix and mingle and savor the anticipation of soon experiencing the (now infamously beguiling) Enchanted Island opera. Just one of the many benefits of being a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Associates, are these pre-opera/pre-event receptions aimed at cultivating a feeling of community as well as a feeling of appreciation to younger opera lovers who are bringing the hip, urban edge back to the upper west side. Some incredibly delicious appetizers (like mini panini and scallop ceviche on toasted lotus root chips) and nice wines certainly helped too, as young professionals who head to the opera after work on Wednesdays rarely have time to take in the “Pre-Theatre” specials that many restaurants offer.
The enchanting company was certainly appropriate to the high spirits and brilliant performances offered up in the spectacular operatic production. Though The Enchanted Island is no longer playing, you can feast your eyes and ears on photos and videos posted on the Met Opera’s website and all over the web (including here!)
The Enchanted Island, a world premiere is a work that combines Baroque music with a new, English-language libretto featuring characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.. Devised and written by the acclaimed British theater artist Jeremy Sams in his Met debut, The Enchanted Island will be conducted by renowned Baroque specialist William Christie and seen in a fantastical production by director Phelim McDermott and scenic designer Julian Crouch that blends 18th-century theatrical techniques with advanced video projection designs.
Metropolitan Opera Young Associates is a group of dynamic young music lovers, ages 21 to 45, who share an interest in meeting fellow opera fans and learning more about this spectacular musical and visual art form. Young Associate members enjoy exclusive access to the Metropolitan Opera through in-house privileges, special events, and education and social activities designed to bring together young opera-goers in one of the world’s most famous and spectacular cultural venues.
The Enchanted Island, a New Baroque Fantasy Inspired by the Pastiches of the 18th Century
William Christie conducts the work, written and devised by Jeremy Sams, which uses arias by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others to tell a new story featuring characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The starry cast includes Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Plácido Domingo, and Luca Pisaroni, in a production by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch