The Elixir of Love (L’Elisir d’Amore) by Gaetano Donizetti

Venue: Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

MSU Opera Theatre

One of the most performed operas in the world today, Donizetti’s romp tells the story of Nemorino, a poor bumpkin who loves the wealthy and imperious Adina. When Adina is courted by the puffed-up Sergeant Belcore, Nemorino goes in search of a love potion. Armed with liquid courage, he suddenly becomes popular and Adina realizes she actually does love him. Featuring the world famous tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima” and a host of other great melodies, this opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Conductor: Marcello Cormio - Marcello Cormio is an Italian born conductor, opera coach and pianist. Among his recent engagements, he has served as cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 season. South Florida Classical praised him as "an assured hand in the pit, conducting the score with vitality while leaving the singers room to breathe in their solos" for Così fan tutte at Sarasota Opera's 2016 season. Mr. Cormio’s “notable” conducting debut at the 2014 Sarasota Opera Festival in Il barbiere di Siviglia was praised for a “lovely, light touch with the music”: “the young Italian drew vital and spirited playing, with the fizzing ensemble exciting yet with a fine balancing of solo voices, chorus and orchestra”.

Director: Melanie Helton

Tickets available from College of Music box office, (517) 353-5340, online, or at the door.

$20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $5 for students.

There will be a pre-performance lecture, given by Melanie Helton, 45 minutes before the beginning of each show. 

Note: no Saturday performance in November

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