About halfway through The Enchanted Island. I am not at all sure this was a good idea. On the one hand: DiDonato, Daniels, De Niese, Pisaroni, Domingo. On the other . . . I think the libretto’s probably way better if you don’t speak English. (Though listening to Luca Pisaroni sing in English is fun – as he says here, the sounds are very different from Italian. Sometimes, when he has to deal with the ‘R’ sound while singing the result is somewhere between “Irish” and “pirate” – and who could complain about either of those?)
Also, I thought Prospero rescued Ariel from a cloven pine – what’s all this business about a holly tree? Does the Met have a donor with a pine tree phobia or something?