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Domingo stars in Enchanted Island

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo (centre) as Neptune in a scene from 'The Enchanted Island'. - Contributed

The Met: Live in HD's Summer Encore presents an extraordinary new work, The Enchanted Island, this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex.

The ultimate indulgence for aficionados of Baroque opera, The Enchanted Island brings together glorious music of the Baroque masters, a story drawn from Shakespeare and the world's best singers. Perhaps the most renowned among them is the celebrated Spanish tenor, Plácido Domingo.

In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th Century, this contemporary interpretation showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Ramea and others, as well as a new libretto by Jeremy Sams.

Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban.

Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125th anniversary gala).