Originally posted by Rita:
The Enchanted Island...a pastiche?[/B]

The Met's website says "Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the Met presents an original Baroque fantasy, featuring a who's who of Baroque stars led by eminent conductor William Christie. With music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, the new libretto by Jeremy Sams combines elements of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night¹s Dream. David Daniels is Prospero, Joyce DiDonato is Sycorax, and Plácido Domingo sings Neptune. Danielle de Niese and Luca Pisaroni co-star, along with Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo. This dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met¹s 125th Anniversary Gala)."

The Tempest plus A Midsummer Night's Dream? Sounds like Ariadne auf Naxos ("Gleichzeitig").

Actually, it sounds like a load of old rubbish. Sycorax - she doesn't even appear in The Tempest. Neptune - what's he doing there? (Perhaps he wandered in from Idomeneo or Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.) On the other hand, William Christie knows what he's doing, Jeremy Sams is an intelligent chap and then there's Joyce di Donato et al. I saw the rubber-faced Luca Pisarone as Leporello at Glyndebourne last year and he is well worth hearing and watching.