Palm Beach Opera Presents Iconic Romantic Comedy ‘The Elixir of Love,’ One Weekend Only
“The magnetic story, coupled with the incredible artistry and onstage talent, is sure to make for an unforgettable opera experience.”
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (PRWEB)
February 22, 2022
For the second main opera of the historic 60th anniversary season, Palm Beach Opera is delighted to present the charming opera “The Elixir of Love”, a bel canto classic featuring endearing characters and an uplifting score in a sparkling and vibrant production. Created by prolific 19th-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, the warm “Elixir” offers a dreamy escape for audiences of all ages, with a timeless story and universal appeal.
Palm Beach Opera conductor David Stern, who was praised by the South Florida Classical Review for doing “full justice to the glorious tunes of Puccini” during the 2021 Festival performance of “La bohème,” will conduct the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. The group was recently hailed as “brilliant” by Opera News for their performance in “Carmen” last month. Imaginative director and producer Fenlon Lamb, who has directed several PBO productions including 2018’s acclaimed ‘Tosca’ and 2019’s family-friendly ‘Hansel and Gretel’, returns to direct the cast.
For her Palm Beach Opera debut as Adina, Metropolitan Opera star and Ukrainian-Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman, whose performance in the role was hailed as “irresistibly lively” by The New York Times. In another early performance, award-winning Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang will sing alongside Chuchman as Nemorino. Chang, hailed as a “bel canto-born tenor” by The New York Times, is also co-founder of Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala, a new opera company whose mission is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America. and help fight illiteracy.
Russian baritone Alexey Lavrov, recognized for his “dramatic fervor and nuance of character” by The New York Times, will make his PBO debut as Belcore, a role he recently sang at the Macau International Music Festival . Last seen at the PBO as Zuniga in a 2016 production of “Carmen,” Musa Ngqungwana will return as Dulcamara. Ngqungwana is the author of “Odyssey of an African Opera Singer”, which was published in South Africa by the prestigious Penguin Random House. The inspiring memoir chronicles the opera singer’s journey from the townships of South Africa to the world stage.
“We are thrilled to follow up on our hit ‘Carmen’ with Donizetti’s captivating ‘Elixir of Love’,” said General and Artistic Director David Walker. “The magnetic story, coupled with the incredible artistry and onstage talent, is sure to make for an unforgettable opera experience.”
“The Elixir of Love” will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage. Single tickets start at $25 and are available for purchase at pbopera.org and the Kravis Center. As of December 14, all patrons over the age of two must wear face masks inside the Kravis Center and all patrons over the age of 12 must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within the past 72 time. For more information, visit pbopera.org and pbopera.org/faq or call the box office at 561-833-7888.
Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international level of excellence, enriching the lives of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs, and training the next generation of opera stars. Founded in 1961, the all-professional Palm Beach Opera performs main stage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and is a proud member of OPERA America and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.
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