|'The Enchanted Island' goes for 'baroque' Feb. 4
The 2011-12 season of the Met Opera Live in HD continues with the Met's new production of "The Enchanted Island," a baroque extravaganza inspired by Shakespeare's works "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), OCCA members, season benefactors and individual opera hosts are proud to present this season. "The Enchanted Island" is hosted by Paul and Evelyn Brookhyser (see next column for comments from them). Contact Catherine Rickbone to find out more about hosting an opera.
Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, this original Baroque fantasy features a who’s who of Baroque stars and music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, led by eminent conductor William Christie. David Daniels is Prospero, Joyce DiDonato is Sycorax, Danielle de Niese is Ariel, Luca Pisaroni is Caliban, and Plácido Domingo makes a special appearance as Neptune. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo also star. This dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.
If you want more of the story, click here to visit the OCCA website and read a synopsis of "The Enchanted Island" issued by the Met.
Tickets and information
Ticket prices are $20 for reserved general admission seating, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students. Casting for the performances is subject to change without notice; for the most current information, call the Newport Performing Arts Center box office at 888-701-7123 or 541-265-2787, or visit the Coast Arts website.
Next up: 'Gotterdammerung' at 9am Feb. 11
With its cataclysmic climax, the Met’s new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Fabio Luisi conducts.
This new production, showing at the PAC at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, is hosted by Alex del Vecchio. Run time is approximately six and a half hours, with two intermissions.
Because of the long running time of this opera, the Champagne Patio Restaurant will again offer an "Opera Box" lunch; you can place your order prior to the start of the performance.
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Life is like a box of chocolates, and so too is this opera. With music by the Baroque master composers Vivaldi, Handel, Rameau and others, libretto in rhyming English and a storyline by Shakespeare, this promises to be a truly sweet musical collection.
Our appetites will be whetted by the variety of sets and costumes, while the performers delight us with their delicious best, including a bearded contralto!
Thanks to the MET and the PAC’s HD facilities we can enjoy these bon-bons at one-fifth of the average price of a seat at a live opera performance. Even sponsoring this Newport show is less than the price of two tickets in the cheap seats at Lincoln Center. Thank you, Newport Performing Arts Center!
– Paul and Evelyn Brookhyser
Above: "Ernani" on Feb. 25;
below: "La Traviata" on Apr. 14.
Upcoming Met Opera
events at a glance
• Feb. 4, Enchanted Island, 10 am
• Feb. 11, Gotterdammerung, 9 am
• Feb. 25, Ernani, 10 am
• Apr. 7, Manon, 9 am
• Apr. 14, La Traviata, 10 am
Order tickets from the Performing Arts Center by calling 541-265-2787.