The Enchanted Island (2011 opera)

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The Enchanted Island DVD cover with Joyce DiDonato (top), Danielle de Niese (bottom left), and Plácido Domingo (bottom center)

The Enchanted Island is a pasticcio (pastiche) of music by various baroque composers, including George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and Jean-Philippe Rameau,[1] devised and written by Jeremy Sams[2] after The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. It was created by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott and premiered by the Metropolitan Opera on December 31, 2011, starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese, Luca Pisaroni, and Lisette Oropesa. The popular 70-year-old Spanish tenor, Plácido Domingo, played the small but important part of the sea god Neptune. The following month a performance of the pasticcio was broadcast live into movie theaters across the world as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series. In late 2012, Virgin Classics released this broadcast version on DVD. The Met revived The Enchanted Island two seasons later. Daniels, de Niese, Pisaroni, and Domingo revived their roles from the premiere. Susan Graham assumed the role of Sycorax from DiDonato.


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 31 December 2011[3]
(Conductor: William Christie)[3]
Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan countertenor David Daniels
Sycorax, vicious and powerful witch, mother of Caliban mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato
Ariel, a spirit coloratura soprano Danielle de Niese
Caliban, a savage bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni
Miranda, Prospero's daughter soprano Lisette Oropesa
Neptune, god of freshwater and the sea tenor Plácido Domingo
Ferdinand, prince of Naples and the son of Alonso, the King of Naples countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo
Helena, Hermia's friend, in love with Demetrius soprano Layla Claire
Hermia, Helena's friend and daughter of Egeus, in love with Lysander mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong
Demetrius, suitor to Hermia tenor Paul Appleby
Lysander baritone Elliot Madore
Quartet soprano
Ashley Emerson
Monica Yunus
Philippe Castagner
Tyler Simpson
Spirits, courtiers, water nymphs

Play List[4][edit]


George Frideric Handel: Alcina, HWV 34

Act I

1. “My Ariel" (Prospero, Ariel) – “Ah, if you would earn your freedom” (Prospero) Antonio Vivaldi: Cessate, omai cessate, cantata, RV 684, “Ah, ch’infelice sempre”

2. “My master, generous master – I can conjure you fire” (Ariel) Handel: Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a, Part I, “Un pensiero nemico di pace”

3. “Then what I desire” (Prospero, Ariel)

4. “There are times when the dark side – Maybe soon, maybe now” (Sycorax, Caliban) Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act V, Scene 1, “Morirò, ma vendicata”

5. “The blood of a dragon – Stolen by treachery” (Caliban) Handel: La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47, Part I, Scene 1, “O voi, dell’Erebo”

6. “Miranda! My Miranda!” (Prospero, Miranda) – “I have no words for this feeling” (Miranda) Handel: Notte placida e cheta, cantata, HWV 142, "Che non si dà”

7. “My master’s books – Take salt and stones” (Ariel) Based on Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes d’Hébé, Deuxième entrée: La Musique, Scene 7, “Aimez, aimez d’une ardeur mutuelle”

8. Quartet: “Days of pleasure, nights of love” (Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander) Handel: Semele, HWV 58, Act I, Scene 4, “Endless pleasure, endless love”

9. The Storm (chorus) André Campra: Idoménée, Act II, Scene 1, “O Dieux! O justes Dieux!”

10. “I’ve done as you commanded” (Ariel, Prospero) Handel: La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47, “Di rabbia indarno freme”

11. “Oh, Helena, my Helen – You would have loved this island” (Demetrius) Handel: La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47, Part I, Scene 2, “Così la tortorella”

12. “Would that it could last forever – Wonderful, wonderful” (Miranda, Demetrius) Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act I, Scene 5, “Prendi, prendi”

13. “Why am I living?” (Helena) Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act II, Scene 1, “Dolce riposo” “With this, now I can start again – Once, once at my command” (Sycorax) Jean-Marie Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus, Act IV, Scene 4, “Et toi, dont les embrasements… Noires divinités”

14. “Mother, why not? – Mother, my blood is freezing” (Caliban) Vivaldi: Il Farnace, RV 711, Act II, Scene 5 & 6, “Gelido in ogni vena”

15. “Help me out of this nightmare” – Quintet: “Beautiful, wonderful" (Helena, Sycorax, Caliban, Miranda, Demetrius) Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33, Act I, Scene 5, recitative preceding “Prendi, prendi”

16. “Welcome Ferdinand – All I’ve done is try to help you” (Prospero) Vivaldi: Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, motet, RV 629, “Longe mala, umbrae, terrores”

17. “Curse you, Neptune” (Lysander) Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718, Act III, Scene 6, “Dopo un’orrida procella”

18. “Your bride, sir?” (Ariel, Lysander, Demetrius, Miranda) – Trio: “Away, away! You loathsome wretch, away!” (Miranda, Demetrius, Lysander) Handel: Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66, Part II, “Away, ye tempt me both in vain"

19. “Two castaways – Arise! Arise, great Neptune” (Ariel) Attr. Henry Purcell: The Tempest, or, The Enchanted Island, Z. 631, Act II, no. 3, “Arise, ye subterranean winds”

20. “This is convolvulus” (Helena, Caliban) – “If the air should hum with noises” (Caliban) Handel: Deidamia, HWV 42, Act II, Scene 4, “Nel riposo e nel contento”

21. “Neptune the Great” (Chorus) Handel: Four Coronation Anthems, HWV 258, “Zadok the Priest

22. “Who dares to call me? – Gone forever" (Neptune, Ariel) Based on Handel: Tamerlano, HWV 18, “Oh, per me lieto” “I’d forgotten that I was Lord" (Neptune, Chorus) Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie, Act II, Scene 3, “Qu’à servir mon courroux”

Act II

23. “My God, what’s this? – Where are you now?” (Hermia) Handel: Handel, oratorio, HWV 60, Act III, Scene 3, “Where shall I fly?”

24. “So sweet, talking together” – Vivaldi: Argippo, RV 697, Act I, Scene 1, “Se lento ancora il fulmine” “Now it’s returning” (Sycorax) Handel: Alcina, HWV 34, Act III, Scene 1 – “Stà nell’Ircana”

25. “Have you seen a young lady?” (Demetrius, Helena, Caliban) – “A voice, a face, a figure half-remembered” (Helena) Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act III, Scene 4, “Hanno penetrato i detti tuoi l’inferno”

26. “His name, she spoke his name – The rage” (Caliban) Handel: Hercules, oratorio, HWV 60, Act III, Scene 2 “O Jove, what land is this? – I rage”

27. “I try to shape my destiny – Chaos, confusion” (Prospero) Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act II, Scene 5, “Pena tiranna”

28. “Oh, my darling, my sister – Men are fickle” (Helena, Hermia) Handel: Atalanta, HWV 35, Act II, Scene 3 – “Amarilli? – O dei!”

29. “I knew the spell” (Sycorax, Caliban) – “Hearts that love can all be broken” (Sycorax) Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (attr. Handel): Il pianto di Maria, cantata, HWV 234, “Giunta l’ora fatal – Sventurati i miei sospiri”

30. “Such meager consolation – No, I’ll have no consolation” (Caliban) Vivaldi: Bajazet, RV 703, Act III, Scene 7, “Verrò, crudel spietato”

31. Masque of the Wealth of all the World
a. Quartet: Caliban goes into his dream, “Wealth and love can be thine” Rameau: Les Indes galantes, Act III, Scene 7, “Tendre amour”
b. Parade Rameau: Les fêtes d’Hébé, Troisième entrée: La Danse, Scene 7, Tambourin en rondeau
c. The Women and the Unicorn Rameau: Les fêtes d’Hébé, Troisième entrée: La Danse, Scene 7, Musette
d. The Animals Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Éléments, Act I, Tambourins I & II
e. Chaos Rameau: Platée, Act I, Scene 6, Orage
f. The Calm Campra: Idoménée, Act II, Scene 1

32. “With no sail and no rudder – Gliding onwards” (Ferdinand) Handel: Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act II, Scene 1, “Io ramingo – Sussurrate, onde vezzose”

33. Sextet: “Follow hither, thither, follow me” (Ariel, Miranda, Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander) Handel: Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a, Part II, Quartet: “Voglio tempo”

34. “Sleep now" (Ariel) Vivaldi: Tito Manlio, RV 78, Act III, Scene 1, “Sonno, se pur sei sonno”

35. “Darling, it’s you at last” (Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena) Vivaldi: La verità in cimento, RV 739, Act II, scene 9, “Anima mia, mio ben”

36. “The wat’ry God has heard the island’s pleas” (Chorus) Handel: Susanna, oratorio, HWV 66, Part III, “Impartial Heav’n!”

37. “Sir, honored sir – I have dreamed you" (Ferdinand, Miranda) Handel: Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi, cantata, HWV 197, “Ma se l’alma sempre geme”

38. “The time has come. The time is now” (“Maybe soon, maybe now,” reprise) (Sycorax) Handel: Teseo, HWV 9, Act V, Scene 1, “Morirò, ma vendicata”

39. “Enough! How dare you?" (Prospero, Neptune) – “Tyrant! Merely a petty tyrant.” (Neptune) Handel: Tamerlano, HWV 18, Act III, Scene 1, “Empio, per farti guerra”

40. “To stray is mortal” (Prospero, Caliban) – “Forgive me, please forgive me” (Prospero) Handel: Partenope, HWV 27, Act III, Scene 4, “Ch’io parta?”

41. “We gods who watch the ways of man” (Neptune, Sycorax, Chorus) Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I, “Come, but keep thy wonted state – Join with thee”

42. “This my hope for the future" (Prospero) – “Can you feel the heavens are reeling” (Ariel) Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718, Act II, scene 2, “Agitata da due venti”

43. “Now a bright new day is dawning” (Ensemble) Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, oratorio, HWV 63, Part III, “Hallelujah”


Year Cast
(Ariel, Sycorax, Prospero, Neptune, Caliban)
Opera House and Orchestra
2011 Danielle de Niese,
Joyce DiDonato,
David Daniels,
Plácido Domingo,
Luca Pisaroni
William Christie,
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
DVD: Virgin Classics
(The Met Live in HD Series)


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