The Enchanted Island opens tonight at the Metropolitan Opera

250px-Metropolitan_Opera_House_At_Lincoln_Center_2Heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, Susan gives her first performance as Sycorax tonight in Jeremy Sams’s hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island (Feb 26-March 20).

The Enchanted Island brings together music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and their lesser-known contemporaries, in a Shakespearean fantasy based on a new English libretto inspired by The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At its premiere, the New York Times pronounced The Enchanted Island a “clever and touching pastiche” and praised its “remarkable integrity and consistency,” while the UK’s Telegraph called it “a perfect storm of brilliance.” Graham will undertake the lead role of Sycorax, Caliban’s witch mother. Graham is no stranger to Baroque coloratura, with her triumphs as Handel’s protagonists already well documented. In the title role of Handel’s Xerxes at San Francisco Opera, “hers was a commanding performance,” according to the San Jose Mercury News, while San Francisco Classical Voice praised her singing for its “vocal majesty and vigor.” Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.