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Opera Preview: The Enchanted Island

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BLUE HILL, Maine — The Enchanted Island, an inventive new baroque opera commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, comes to the Grand in Ellsworth on Saturday, Jan. 21 by live simulcast. To help music lovers prepare for this event, the Bagaduce Music Lending Library and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will join together to introduce and study this theatrical journey at 1p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library.

This new opera was assembled by librettist Jeremy Sams using works by Vivaldi, Handel, Rameau and others. Sams wrote the libretto and invented the story which is inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast which includes David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, and Pl√°cido Domingo.

Local opera enthusiast David Porter will summarize the plot, introduce the music and give some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

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