Met Opera broadcast of 'Enchanted Island’ is Jan. 21, 22

Joyce DiDonato and David Daniels in "The Enchanted Island"
Joyce DiDonato and David Daniels in "The Enchanted Island"

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center will host a live broadcast of "The Enchanted Island" at noon Jan 21. An encore performance is 1 p.m., Jan. 22. The performance is part of "The Met: Live in HD" series of live broadcasts from New York City's Metropolitan Opera House.

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 devised and written by Jeremy Sams.

Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Placido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.

The opera's expected running time is three hours and 35 minutes.

Tickets are $23 general admission, $21 senior citizens, $16 for Ross members, students and children, and $5 for UNL students (with valid NCard).

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