Baylor Opera Theater Presents Donizetti's <i>L'elisir d'amore</i>

January 5, 2015
Baylor Opera Theater will present Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s sparkling comedy L’elisir d’amore (“The Elixir of Love”) in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre of Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. There will be four performances, at 7:30 p.m. from Wednesday, January 28, through Saturday, January 31.
This fully staged Baylor Opera Theater production of L’elisir d’amore&#8212;in Italian, with English subtitles&#8212;will feature students from the Vocal Division and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, all under the baton of Jeffrey Peterson, Assistant Professor of Voice. Stage direction will be by Octavio C&aacute;rdenas, Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Director of Baylor Opera.
Written in haste in a six-week period, L’elisir d’amore premiered in 1832 and has remained in the international opera repertory ever since. Today it is one of the most frequently performed of Donizetti’s nearly seventy operas. Its second act contains the popular tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima,” a romanza that has enjoyed a considerable performance history in the concert hall. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto, after Eug&egrave;ne Scribe’s libretto for Daniel Auber’s Le philtre.
Donizetti’s tale is a timeless one. Desperate to gain Adina’s love, Nemorino buys a magic potion from a traveling quack doctor. A rumor spreads that he stands to inherit immense wealth, which makes him instantly popular among the ladies. What will Adina do?
The new Baylor staging is a disco-era, 1970s update of the story, complete with mirror ball and 1970s choreography.
Reserved tickets, priced at $15, are available from www.baylor.edu/theatre. For ticket information, call the Baylor University Department of Theater Arts box office at 254-710-1865.
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