Pescadero Opera presents


Saturday afternoon, October 8th at NOON

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Saturday afternoon, October 8th at NOON

Enchanted Island1The Enchanted Island was inspired by the 18th century tradition of the pastiche, and is an extraordinary work featuring music by some of the Baroque era’s greatest composers, including George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and Jean-Philippe Rameau. The story was taken after Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was premiered by the Metropolitan Opera on New Year’s Eve 2011.

The dramatic framework of this Baroque fantasy, which was devised and written by Jeremy Sams, brings together situations and characters from two Shakespearean plays: the four lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked during their honeymoon voyage on Prospero’s island from The Tempest. In addition, The Enchanted Island imagines the sorceress Sycorax (who is mentioned in The Tempest but never appears on stage) vying with Prospero for control of the island.

This baroque pastiche* opera is a delightful treat for any opera lover, and would serve as a great introduction to opera. It’s sung in English with stunning sets and a top-notch cast, including David DanielsJoyce DiDonato and Plácido Domingo. Trust me –you will all leave with a huge grin on your face.

*pastiche – a literary, musical or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources

Read / download the synopsis

Read / download the English libretto

Enchanted Island collage
Newcomers to opera — These DVD presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear, and any opera trivia available. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera. The DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.

The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater, and enjoy the show with our fabulous projector (both made possible by your generous donations).

Socializing, barbecue and pot luck are held between 12:00-2:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. The opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Opera Schedule 2016-17

2nd Saturday of the month
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

September 10th

“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Reneé Fleming, Rolando Villazon and Renato Bruson

October 8th

“The Enchanted Island” by Jeremy Sams
Starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Plácido Domingo

November 12th

“Salome” by Richard Strauss
Starring Nadja Michael, Thomas Moser and Michael Volle

December 10th

“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo

January 14th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod
Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

February 11th

“Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais

March 11th

“Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner
Starring Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos; James Levine

April 8th

“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie
Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith

May 13th

“Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez

June 10th

“Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni
Starring Plácido Domingo and Elena Obraztsova

“Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Starring Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas and Juan Pons