The Enchanted Island (The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2011)

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"A Showcase for and a love letter to a century of amazing music" is how the creator of The Enchanted Island, Jeremy Sams, described this spectacular operatic pasticcio of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and others. Premiered at the Metropolitan in New York on New Year's Eve 2011, it stars Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Danielle de Niese and Placido Domingo, and is conducted by William Christie.
With a story based on Shakespear's The Tempest and a Midsummer Night's Dream, it was not the work of a contemporary composer, but instead, drew on works by figures of the Baroque era Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, Campra, Ferrandini, Leclair and Rebel. Devised by the British writer, librettist and translator, Jeremy Sams, the piece revived the 18th century tradition of the plasticcio, taking arias from a variety of different sources and setting them to a new libretto.

Product Details

  • Actors: David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese, Placido Domingo, William Christie
  • Directors: Phelilm McDermott, Barbara Willis Sweete
  • Writers: Jeremy Sams
  • Producers: The Metropolitan Opera
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1 Surround), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Erato Disques
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes

Customer Reviews

A wonderful operatic treat!

26 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2012
By E. DeArdo
This baroque pastiche opera, premiered at the Met last New Year’s Eve, is a delightful treat for any opera lover, and would serve as a great introduction to opera, since it’s in English and features a top-notch cast and design!

The enchanting DVD

6 people found this helpful.
 on January 29, 2013
By GoldenAger
After seeing this production, live, last year, I was pleased to see it released in DVD. Not only did I want to see it again, but I was able to give it as a gift to my friend, who could not make the performance due to an upstate snowstorm.

SO extraordinary– like nothing I’ve ever seen at the Met

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 22, 2013
By jswell
I saw the Met Theater broadcast of this “Pastice” opera– it’s composed of arias from different baroque composers, including operas and oratorios.The staging is spectacular, the cast has no weak link, and if you saw the TV broadcast, you know it was special. The lyrics are a hoot! (They bear no relation to the original lyrics of the arias, and it is sung in English with excellent English subtitles. Truly a gem, a masterpiece that is “loosely” based on the plot of The Tempest and one other Shakespeare play. Costuming is superb. Better singing you will not hear today for Baroque music. Pure fun and delight. Note: The first act is longer than the second– it should have ended after Neptune’s (Domingo) scene. But that’s something you can correct when you watch the DVD. A must have for any serious DVD opera collector. Excellent picture quality (I have the DVD, don’t own a Blu Ray player).

the director was nice enough to send me some personal emails to find …

 on August 5, 2014
By Jason M McCrea
I purchased this right from the director as a gift for a friend that had been looking for it forever. Carter Lord, the director was nice enough to send me some personal emails to find out how I heard about and what I thought about the film. He also sent me a copy of his other film Lithium Springs.

5 stars

One person found this helpful.
 on May 19, 2013
By The Soo
Wonderful directing/audio by the video creators.

A friend’s delight!

One person found this helpful.
 on April 26, 2014
By Donna
I bought this for a friend who’d heard this opera on the radio some weeks ago. She called and told me about it in glowing terms so I popped on here and ordered her the DVD. As soon as she received it she and her husband viewed it–and then she called and nearly leapt through the phone to regale me with its highlights! I have not yet seen it but my friend’s response could not have been more positive. She’s a major opera buff–and if she’s happy with it, anyone can be! Highly recommended.

I so enjoyed seeing the rebroadcast of ‘The Enchanted Island’ in the …

 on August 25, 2014
By Cheryl Toliver
I so enjoyed seeing the rebroadcast of ‘The Enchanted Island’ in the movie theater, I ordered the DVD the next day. It’s a delightful reworking of Baroque music, with new libretto and story by Jeremy Sams, come to life through Baroque master singers David Daniels, Danielle de Niese, and Joyce DiDonato, but the entire cast is wonderful. The performances have me smiling, the music singing in my head. I need to see if there’s a CD too, so I can play the music over and over!

and is probably one of the best unheralded movies of the 1980’s in its genre (which …

 on August 6, 2014
By orvuus
This movie is unique, and is probably one of the best unheralded movies of the 1980’s in its genre (which I would call independent, low-budget horror/fantasy). The cinematography is wonderful and it offers a glimpse of Florida most people never see, which is the rural, inland part — not the beaches and the theme parks and the big cities. The story is fascinating, and I’m sure will reward more than one viewing. Without giving away too much, a young man (ably played by Will Sennett) comes home and meets up with an old friend of the family, Booker T (played by the amazing Julius Harris, in a very different role from his usual kingpin/bad guy kind of role in the seventies) and starts a cattle farm. Then he meets a strange family who help him out, and he falls for one of their daughters, despite the dire warnings of Booker T to not to get “too close” to the Purdeys. Meanwhile Royce’s herd begins to be attacked at night by something like a wolf, but of course things are not at all what they seem.

What is old made new again.

 on October 16, 2014
By jmacman
I was fascinated when I first saw this new production on the big screen of our local movie house as a “Live from the Met” offering.

An operatic trip

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 31, 2013
By David Triestram
This performance is a real treat. I realize that lots of opera purists find the idea of creating a piece out of existing arias repugnant, but I found it delightful and fun. Plus it has some of the finest singers of Baroque music around today. This production was also the Met at its finest.

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