Miami Lyric Opera presents L’elisir d’amore 8/11-13/11

August 11 and 13, 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.miamilyricopera.org

Admission: $30. $25 for Students with ID at the Box Office. Tickets at Colony Theater Box Office, online at www.miamilyricopera.org or Ticket Master

Cast: Susana Diaz (8/13), Jessica Slatkoff (8/11), David Pereira, Oscar Martinez, Daniel Snodgrass, Rebekah Diaz, Daisy Su.

MLO Orchestra and Chorus
Chorusmaster: Pablo Hernandez
Conductor: Beverly Coulter
Artistic Director: Raffaele Cardone

L’elisir d’amore, an Italian comic opera, by Gaetano Donizetti. Premiered in Milan in 1832, it was immediately a tremendous success. Its amusing and witty plot describing relationships of a loving couple and beautiful, melodious and light music make L’elisir d’amore one of the most frequently performed 19th-century Italian operas.

The libretto of the opera, written after the French playwright Eugene Scribe’s comedy, is based on the legend about the magic love potion, taken from Gottfried von Strassburg’s courtly romance Tristan. The unexpected, mock interpretation of the medieval legend gives it a new meaning: people are capable of filling each other with the elixir of love and kindness without any magic potion.

The feelings experienced by the opera’s characters – love, coquetry, rivalry, jealousy – are everlasting as life. So, the story of L’elisir d’amore could be set at a Venetian carnival several centuries ago, just as well as in a present-day town. Adina a rich villager and Nemorino a less fortunate peasant together with Dr. Dulcamara and the Sergeant Belcore are the protagonist of this beautiful opera that includes the famous tenor’s aria “Una furtive lagrima.”

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