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THE ENCHANTED ISLAND A World Premiere Production featuring music by Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi and others, plus Placido Domingo!

  |   January 11, 2012  |  Comment

A World Premiere Production featuring music by Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi and others, plus Placido Domingo!

The Bardavon is pleased to continue the The Met: Live in HD 2011-12 Season, the Metropolitan Opera’s popular award-winning series of live transmissions. Join us at the Bardavon on Saturday, January 21 at 1pm to experience a world premiere production of The Enchanted Island.

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world’s best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. 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, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and 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’s125th anniversary gala).

The January 21 matinee of The Enchanted Island, hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, will be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in 1,600 theaters in 54 countries.

The Met: Live in HD at the Bardavon is made possible in large part through generous support from the Jane Nuhn Charitable Trust. Additional support is also provided by the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, The Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust as well as the Benjamin Strong Opera Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  The sponsor is Red Wing Properties and Package Pavement.

Lunch and Learn: The Bardavon and two local restaurants are pleased to partner on a very special opportunity for opera lovers to be nourished by knowledge and great food.  At 11:30am, prior to each 1pm Saturday opera broadcast, ticket-holders are invited to enjoy an insightful talk on that day’s production lead by Leslie Gerber, who is a music teacher at Marist’s Center for Lifetime Studies and author of all HVP Playbill liner notes.  The Artist’s Palate (307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.483.8074) will host lunches prior to broadcasts at the Bardavon, and Frank Guido’s Little Italy (14 Thomas Street, Kingston, 845.340.1682) will host for UPAC broadcasts.  Please call the restaurants directly to make reservations.

The Met: Live in HD series was recently honored with a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award for its “vividly designed, smartly annotated productions of Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Atomic, Peter Grimes, and other operas.  The Met employed state-of-the-art digital technology to reinvent the presentation of a classic art form. Additionally, The Met won a special Emmy Award in January 2009 for “advancing technology through ongoing, live, global transmission of high-definition programming to movie theaters.”

Tickets are $23 (Adult), $21.00 (Bardavon Member), and $16.00 (Children 12 and under) and are available at the:

Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072; UPAC Box Office, 602 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088 or through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com .

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