Bradley Brookshire has been appointed Assistant Conductor for the upcoming production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" at the Metropolitan Opera. He will assist guest conductor William Christie, a highly regarded Baroque specialist and the founder of les Arts Florissants, Paris. A youthful and sexy cast will bring this Mozart comedy to life. It is William Christie's Met debut.
Brookshire will also serve as Assistant Conductor and harpsichordist under Maestro Christie for the Met's premiere of The Enchanted Island, a baroque pasticcio assembled by Jeremy Sams and Ellen Rosand, which will open on New Year's Eve of 2011. Mr. Brookshire began at the Metropolitan Opera conducting a workshop performance of The Enchanted Island in May of 2010.
The pasticcio is an assembly of arias by different composers. Mr. Christie and Sams are assembling the score from the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Leclair. The story is mostly a retelling of Shakespeare's "Tempest,"with a dose of "Midsummer Night's Dream. The cast is led by Placido Domingo, as Neptune who will make an entrance on a giant seashell. The characters include Sycorax (Joyce DiDonato), Ariel (Danielle de Niese), Caliban (Luca Pisaroni), Miranda (Lisette Oropesa), Ferdinand (Anthony Roth Constanzo) and Prospero (David Daniels).
The score opens with the overture from Handel's "Alcina." There are items from Handel's oratorios "Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno"and "La Resurrezione," and from his operas "Ariodante"and "Tesseo." Pillaged Vivaldi works include the operas "Farnace" and "Griselda," and there is also an aria, "Ah ch'infelice sempre," from the cantata "Cessate, Omai Cessate."
Bradley Brookshire is a noted conductor and recording artist of baroque opera. He has taught at Yale University, Mannes College, and has been a member of the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music faculty since 1996. He is Director of Graduate Studies and leads the Purchase College Camerata.