2012-2013

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Elixir of Love Poster

 

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
BY GAETANO DONIZETTI

Performed in Italian with projected English translations

SYNOPSIS: Nemorino, a peasant, is in love with the wealthy landowner Adina, but she has eyes only for dashing Sergeant Belcore. Dr Dulcamara, a quack doctor, sells Nemorino a love potion (actually, cheap wine) that will cause Adina to fall in love with him within a day. When Adina announces that she is to marry Belcore in six days, Nemorino is confident the elixir will work in time. But Belcore’s regiment is called away and the wedding brought forward to that very afternoon. Desperate for money to buy more of the potion, Nemorino enlists and takes the king’s shilling, unaware that his uncle has died, leaving him a fortune. The village girls are immediately attracted to Nemorino, though he believes it is the potion rather than the money that has attracted them. But Nemorino has spied a tell-tale tear in Adina’s eye – she has been touched by his devotion. Adina buys Nemorino’s discharge from the army, rejects Belcore, and the couple are united. Dr Dulcamara’s elixir has worked!

CAST

Adina, a wealthy woman: Kristi Bryson
Nemorino, a poor peasant: Stephen Bell
Belcore, an arrogant officer: Justin Welsh
Dulcamara, a quack doctor: Andrew Tees
Giannetta, Adina’s friend: Katie Cochrane

MCO Chorus directed by Jane Kristenson

Music Director: Tara Scott

PERFORMANCES

Tuesday June 18, 7:30 pm, Wolfville Baptist Church

Tickets available from Box of Delights or call 634-4280 to reserve

Thursday June 20, 7:30 pm, King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal

Tickets available from the King’s Theatre box office, by calling (902)532-7704 or book online at their website.

Saturday June 22, 7:30 pm, The Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg

Tickets for  the Lunenburg performance will be available at Carousel Books in Bridgewater,  Shop on the Corner (formerly Fulton’s) in Lunenburg and Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay. Or you can call 634-4280 or email us to reserve.

Tickets for Lunenburg and Wolfville are $25 each, $5 for children 12 and under

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

OPENING NIGHT AT THE OPERA

An evening of hits from opera and operetta to launch MCO’s 10th season!

  • Mary Knickle, soprano
  • Nina Scott-Stoddart, mezzo
  • 
Lenard Whiting, tenor
  • Andrew Tees, baritone
  • with the MCO Chorus and Tara Scott, pianist

Saturday, November 3, Central United Church, Lunenburg, 7:30 pm

Tickets are $20 each, $5 for children 12 and under

Tickets will be available from The Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg, Carousel Bookstore, Bridgewater and Kinburn Pharmasave, Mahone Bay or call MCO at 634-4280 to reserve. They will also be available at the door.


AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
BY GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

fully staged and costumed
directed by Nina Scott-Stoddart
accompanist Gus Webb
costume by Anne Morison with Ruth Reedman
choreographer Pam McDormand
producers Wendy DeMarco and Linda Ross

Saturday January 5, 2013, 3 pm, Bridgewater United Church, 87 Hillcrest St, Bridgewater
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3 pm, St John’s Anglican Church, 81 Cumberland St, Lunenburg

Amahl:  Ruth Ernst
Mother:  Mary Knickle
Kaspar: John Ernst
Melchior: Stephen Kristenson
Balthazar: Rob O’Quinn
Page: Peter Ernst

with the MCO CHORUS

and featuring selections from a new opera:

MIRYAM BY MARY KNICKLE

SYNOPSIS of AMAHL and the NIGHT VISITORS:
Amahl, a shepherd, tries to tell his mother about what he has seen outside; an enormous star with a long tail. His mother, used to his habitual lying, grows angry; she is even angrier when Amahl tells her that a knock at the door is three kings come to visit them. The kings enter and tell the two peasants that they have come to find a king, and they show the rich gifts they have brought him. While Amahl’s mother is out gathering wood for the fire, Amahl asks the kings questions about their lives. The mother sends the boy to fetch the neighbors, and the villagers present their gifts to the visitors. That night, Amahl’s mother tries to steal some of the kings’ gold to use to help her child; she is caught, and when the kings offer to let her keep the gold, explaining that the king they seek will need nothing but love to rule his kingdom, she returns it. Amahl offers his staff as an additional gift, and suddenly finds that he can walk. He leaves with the kings to pay homage to the child who has healed him.

 

MCO would like to thank our concert sponsor, Musique Royale, for their support of Amahl and its Lunenburg performance!

Tickets $15 each, $5 for children 12 and under — available from Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg, Kinburn Pharmasave in Mahone Bay and Carousel Books in Bridgewater.


Elixir of Love Poster

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
BY DONIZETTI

Adina: Kristi Bryson
Nemorino: Stephen Bell
Belcore: Justin Welsh
Dulcamara: Andrew Tees
Giannetta: Katie Cochrane

MCO Chorus directed by Jane Kristenson

Music Director: Tara Scott

Tuesday June 18 — Wolfville Baptist Church, 7:30  pm
Thursday June 20 — King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal, 8 pm
Saturday June 22 — Pearl Theatre, Lunenburg, 7:30 pm