June 6, 2010

The Elixir of Love

Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts continue of KUAT-FM this Saturday, June 12, at noon with a performance of The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, with libretto by Felice Romani after Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel-François-Esprit Auber's Le philtre. The opera will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours.

A comedy with everything: lovable characters, wonderful arias and a real horse! Nemorino's down and out -- dead-end job, hardly noticed by the ladies, and hopelessly in love with Adina, who's indifferent to his yearnings. But she's not indifferent to the yearnings of Sergeant Belcore. (There's something about a man in uniform.) In fact, she's considering marrying him. Poor Nemorino hardly stands a chance. But there's someone who can set things right -- Dr. Dulcamara, a huckster, con man, and a downright charmer who whips up an "elixir" (it's really bad Bordeaux) that makes Nemorino the go-to guy for serious loving.

Adina: Susanna Phillips
Nemorino:Frank Lopardo
Dulcamara: Alessandro Corbelli
Belcore: Gabriele Viviani
Giannetta: Angela Mannino
Conductor: Bruno Campanella

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