Opera offers a musical mix

Western Telegraph: SPECTACULAR: The Enchanted Island features Placido Domingo (inset) as Neptune. Picture by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera. SPECTACULAR: The Enchanted Island features Placido Domingo (inset) as Neptune. Picture by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

A world premiere opera that combines great music of the Baroque era with a new, English-language story will be screened in the county live from New York this weekend.

The score of The Enchanted Island combines selections from more than 30 operas, cantatas, and oratorios by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and other masters of the Baroque period. The story, by the English theatre artist Jeremy Sams, combines two of Shakespeare’s best-known plays in a lighthearted “mash-up”.

The four young lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream find themselves shipwrecked on Prospero’s island from The Tempest, leading to a tortuous web of comic and dramatic romantic entanglements.

The extraordinary cast includes Joyce DiDonato as the sorceress Sycorax; David Daniels as her nemesis, Prospero; Danielle de Niese as the air spirit Ariel; Lisette Oropesa as Prospero’s daughter Miranda; Luca Pisaroni as the monstrous but soft-hearted Caliban; Anthony Roth Costanzo as the noble Ferdinand; Layla Claire, Elizabeth DeShong, Paul Appleby, and Elliot Madore as the Midsummer lovers; and, in a star cameo, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, god of the seas.

William Christie, an early music specialist of worldwide acclaim, conducts.

The visually spectacular production is by Phelim McDermott (Satyagraha) and Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission. It will be screened live in HD to the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven and Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, via satellite at 6pm on Saturday.

Tickets are available from the theatres. The performance is about three hours and 30 minutes long, including an intermission.

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