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The Met: Live in HD: World Premier of "The Enchanted Island"

Starring Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, and Plácido Domingo
at the Taos Community Auditorium

Running time: Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
Host: Deborah Voigt
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The Enchanted Island is a world premiere opera that combines great music of the Baroque era with an all-new, English-language story. The score 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 theater 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; Luca Pisaroni as the monstrous but soft-hearted Caliban; Lisette Oropesa as Prospero’s daughter Miranda; 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—in his first Live in HD appearance. The visually spectacular production is by Phelim McDermott (Satyagraha). Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission.

Why you don’t want to miss this production:
• Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo appears in a star cameo as Neptune, god of the seas: the 136th role of his career.

• The visually spectacular production, by Phelim McDermott (director of Satyagraha, seen earlier this season), combines 17th-century theatrical devices with modern technology to create unique, theatrical effects.

• The production features video technology by the acclaimed designers 59 Productions. The revolutionary video effects in the opera are produced by projecting three-dimensional, moving video images on flat scenery to create scenery that appears to move on its own.


“Irresistibly entertaining…a light-hearted romp with enough fizz to send a dozen champagne corks popping.” – Associated Press

“A terrific cast…a brilliant production team...fanciful, clever, and touching.” - The New York Times

As with all of the Met Live Productions The Taos Opera Guild is inviting anyone interested to breakfast at 9 AM at the Taos Inn, 125 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte. The guild will do a brief introductory talk about the opera. The price for the breakfast is $15 including tax and gratuity. For reservations call Doc Martin’s Restaurant at 575-758-1977.

Ticket prices are $17 for TCA members, $20 for the general public and $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the TCA office at 575-758-2052 or at the box office - which opens 45 minutes prior to the performance. The Taos Community Auditorium is located at 145 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte off of Civic Plaza Drive.

The presentation of The Met: Live In HD is funded in part by the KRZA Community Radio, The Taos Opera Guild, The Taos Opera Institute and KKIT & KVOT Taos.

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