For Immediate Release
April 13, 2013
Maritime Concert Opera presents Donizetti’s opera The Elixir of Love
LUNENBURG — Maritime Concert Opera is pleased to announce that it will tour the South Shore of Nova Scotia with its in concert production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love).
“This is a chance to see and hear a lively young cast perform one of opera’s comic gems” says MCO Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart. “It’s a very funny romantic comedy which sees love triumph over pomposity!”
The Elixir of Love is a light-hearted romp from start to finish. Nemorino is desperately in love with Adina. But he’s a simple peasant and she’s a wealthy and beautiful woman. How can he pluck up the courage to tell her how he feels? Enter the quack salesman, Dr. Dulcamara, who peddles cheap red wine as an elixir of love. Much to everyone’s surprise (even the Doctor’s), his magical potion soon seems to have every girl in the village eager to marry Nemorino, with comic complications.
Canadian singers heading up the cast include young tenor Stephen Bell as the peasant Nemorino and baritone Justin Welsh as the pompous Sergeant Belcore. MCO favourite Andrew Tees will probably steal the show as the quack doctor.
“The music is reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan in its tunefullness and sparkle” says Scott-Stoddart. “It’s also got one of the greatest tenor arias of all time, “Una furtiva lagrima”, which not only wins the heart of the soprano, but it generally wins the hearts of the audience, too!”
Two Nova Scotian sopranos make their debuts with MCO in this opera. Dartmouth soprano and Dalhousie grad Kristi Bryson in her MCO debut as the wealthy Adina. Adina’s friend, Gianetta is played by young Bridgewater soprano Katie Cochrane, a graduate of Acadia University.
The cast will perform the opera in the original Italian, with projected English translations to make sure the audience doesn’t miss any of the fun.
Music Director Tara Scott will accompany all three of the performances.
MCO debuted in 2003 and has grown to become one of the most successful regional opera companies in the Maritimes, offering performance opportunities to many young singers from the Maritimes and away.