Perspective on Portland Opera ’s production of The Elixir of Love

Photo from Elixir of Love by Cory Weaver courtesy of Portland Opera
Photo from Elixir of Love by Cory Weaver courtesy of Portland Opera

Article published originally by l’Italo Americano on August 2, 2015 by Lina de la Torre: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2015-8-1/portland-elixir

Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore) is a comic opera (melodramma giocoso) in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The opera premiered on May 12th, 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan and has continued to be one of the most-performed operas (ranks 13th according to Operabase). One of the main threads of the story is the unwavering effort by Nemorino, a poor peasant, to woo Adina, a beautiful landowner.

The Portland Opera production promises a romantic story, laced together lovingly by the incredibly evocative music of Donizetti. The production’s non-traditional setting of the American Wild West heightens the awareness of the opera’s already powerful sense of nostalgia for a vanished time.

The post-performance question and answer sessions organized by General Director Christopher Mattaliano greatly enrich the audience’s experience. The discussion is always lively with probing questions from the audience.

Read full article on l’Italo Americano: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2015-8-1/portland-elixir

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