A truly innovative opera, The Enchanted Island makes the old new again by combining the work of several Baroque composers (Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau) and the characters of two different plays (Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream). Get your Enchanted Island tickets now to see this fresh new opera featuring already well-known and loved works of art in perfect combination.
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About the Show:
The Enchanted Island is a pastiche of music from several composers, conceived and written by Jeremy Sams. The music of Baroque composers George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and Jean-Philippe Rameau, among others, are woven together in beautiful harmony. The story is also the product of multiple works. Characters from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream find themselves shipwrecked on the fantastic island of The Tempest, and none are free of the mysterious enchantments of the magical beings who inhabit it. Order your Enchanted Island tickets today to see this inspired combination of truly brilliant literature and music.
Act I: Prospero, the exiled former Duke of Milan and amateur sorcerer, lives on a secluded island with his daughter, Miranda. Having formerly consorted with the witch Sycorax, he deposed her as ruler of the island, stole her magical servant, Ariel, and enslaved her son, Caliban. 16 years hence, Prospero is planning to put an end to his miserable exile and ensure the happiness of his daughter. He asks Ariel to perform a spell to re-route a nearby ship carrying the King of Naples and Prince Ferdinand, who he desires as Miranda's husband, promising his freedom if he succeeds. Caliban overhears the conversation and rushes to tell Sycorax, who asks him to steal a vial of dragon blood from Prospero's chambers, which she can use to restore her powers.
Caliban sneaks into Prospero's cell and replaces the dragon blood with a vial of worthless lizard blood, vowing to rule the island with Miranda as his queen. Ariel finds the decoy vial and uses it to cast the shipwrecking spell; instead of diverting the King and Prince, it separately shipwrecks two honeymooning couples: Helena and Demetrius, and Hermia and Lysander. Oblivious to the error, Prospero orders Ariel to cast a spell on Ferdinand forcing him to fall in love with Miranda. But Ariel first encounters Demetrius, and he and Miranda fall in love, much to Prospero's chagrin. Meanwhile, Lysander curses Neptune because he assumes that his beloved Hermia has been lost at sea. Ariel, thinking he has found Ferdinand, casts the spell again and Lysander and Miranda fall in love, an outcome that Demetrius does not appreciate.
Elsewhere, Sycorax comes upon Helena, and decides to give her to Caliban for a wife. She uses the stolen vial to cast a love spell, making her fall in love with Caliban, much to his delight. Ariel, still pursuing the real Ferdinand, desperately asks Neptune for help. He scours the seas as Prospero observes all of the discord he has caused, despairing of ever securing his freedom and Miranda's happiness.
Act II: Hermia wakes from a nightmare but realizes it has come true; she rushes off to find her lover Lysander in love with Miranda. While Sycorax revels in her renewed powers and the prospect of revenge on Prospero, Hermia finds Helena. After having her memory and feelings restored from seeing her beloved Demetrius, she leaves Caliban to find him. In his outrage, Caliban steals a magic book from Prospero and conjures a scene of him ruling the world; when he loses control and the dream whirls out of control, Prospero dispels the visions.
Neptune has found Ferdinand and has propelled his ship toward the island. Both he and Miranda have been dreaming of a faceless love in their futures. Seeking to put matters right, Ariel leads the mismatched lovers through a maze until they lie down to sleep next to one another. When they awaken, their feelings are restored to normal. They then convene on the beach, where Prospero greets the King of Naples and Prince Ferdinand, who reads the decree freeing Prospero from exile. Once Miranda meets Ferdinand, they fall deeply in love without magical intervention. Sycorax storms in and challenges Prospero, but Neptune intervenes, scolding Prospero for his treatment of her. Prospero apologizes, restores her as ruler, and releases Caliban. Sycorax forgives Prospero as Neptune celebrates the values of mercy and forgiveness.
Run Time:Approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes
Advisory:Appropriate for all ages.
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