About The Enchanted Island
The exuberant Baroque music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and others is featured in this Met original pastiche, with a libretto created by the multitalented Jeremy Sams that takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production features a blockbuster cast including Susan Graham, David Daniels, Danielle de Niese and the legendary Plácido Domingo.
One of the most important culture institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Opera is also the largest classical music organization in North America. Every season it presents over 25 different productions in rotating repertory from 18th century Baroque to 19th century Bel Canto and 20th century minimalism. Premier artists from all over the world bring the passion of live opera to its stage. The first performance was in 1883 at the Met’s original location at 1423 Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. In 1966, the Met moved to its present home at Lincoln Center.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in English with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish.
Three hours and 15 minutes
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
The Enchanted Island is inspired by the musical pastiches of the 18th century, which combined existing elements from the works of several different artists into a completely new whole. In the 21st century, we call it a mash-up.
The marvelous, fanciful sets for this production were designed by Julian Crouch, a multitalented stage artist whose other credits include The Addams Family and Satyagraha.
Anyone who loves Baroque music, fabulous costumes, dazzling sets, and spectacular singing will delight in this production.
Good for kids?
It’s a tough sell for kids, but the costumes and pageantry could keep mature ones interested.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center