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Lovers beset by stormy seas in 'Enchanted Island'

Neptune holds court as shipwrecked lovers endure stormy seas in
Neptune holds court as shipwrecked lovers endure stormy seas in 'Enchanted Island,' broadcast as part of San Juan Community Theatre's 'The Met: LIve in HD' summer encore series, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m.
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In one extraordinary production, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world’s best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters and a story drawn from Shakespeare.

The “Enchanted Island” is featured in The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores series at San Juan Community Theatre, Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.

Originally transmitted in January 2012, The Enchanted Island features lovers from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” who are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island from “The Tempest”.

The work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sams.

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 Summer Encores series closes Aug. 31, with Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” featured in the finale. Tickets for The Enchanted Island tickets: $15 adults, $10 student reserved; purchase online at, or at the box office: 378-3210.


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