“L’ELISIR D’AMORE” – Members of the Merola Opera Program, this week at Fort Mason

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Members of the 2010 Merola Opera Program present four performances of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Thursday, August 5th through Sunday, August 8th, in the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center. Conductor Martin Katz will lead  members of the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra in this production directed by Nicola Bowie, who recently directed Le nozze di Figaro for Eugene Opera and choreographed Die Fledermaus for The Dallas Opera. Bowie has chosen to set this production in a San Francisco theater in 1942, with “Adina” as the lead actress and manager of a play and “Nemorino” as a poor props boy. The opera will be double cast.

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NADINE SIERRA and VALENTINA FLEER

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DANIEL MONTENEGRO and ALEXANDER LEWIS

THURSDAY, August 5th and SATURDAY, August 7th at 8:00 pm
Adina: Nadine Sierra
Nemorino: Daniel Montenegro
Belcore: Benjamin Covey
Giannetta: Hye Jung Lee
Dulcamara: Thomas Florio

FRIDAY, August 6th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 8th, 2:00 pm
Adina: Valentina Fleer
Nemorino: Alexander Lewis
Belcore: Ao Li
Giannetta: Abigail Santos Villalobos
Dulcamara: Sidney Outlaw

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore premiered at Milan’s Teatro della Canobbian on Saturday, May 12th, 1832. It was his first critically acclaimed work following the success of Anna Bolena which opened in Milan the day after Christmas, 1830. The opera tells the story of Nemorino, who is smitten with the beautiful Adina and tormented by her apparent indifference. Dulcamara, a traveling magician with bottled cures for every ailment, empties Nemorino’s pockets for a love potion, which turns out to be wine. Complications arise in the form of the dashing Belcore, suitor to Adina and, eventually, her fiancé in a hastily arranged marriage ceremony. Adina ultimately realizes her true affection for Nemorino, and – in addition to her love – Nemorino receives an unexpected inheritance. The popular score contains many highlights including the favorite tenor aria, “Una furtiva lagrima”. To purchase tickets to L’Elisir d’Amore and the August 21st Merola Grand Finale and Reception, call the SF Opera Box Office at: 415-864-3330.

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HYE JUNG LEE and ABIGAIL SANTOS

This production is graciously underwritten by the Frances K. & Charles D. Field Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation and the Arques Charitable Education Trust. Supertitles will be provided by Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club. Martin Katz is generously sponsored by Darla & Richard Bastoni and Mike & Rusty Rolland and Nicola Bowie is generously sponsored by the Wallis Foundation.
 
The Merola Opera Program is dedicated to the continuing education and training of the finest young operatic talent and the development of this talent into professional opera singers, coaches and stage directors of the highest artistic caliber. Merola operates in close artistic collaboration with San Francisco Opera but is an independent nonprofit organization. Governed by a separate board of directors, Merola is responsible for its own long-term financial stability and fundraising, and is grateful to the hundreds of loyal members, donors and foundations who support the Program. Click here to learn more about becoming a member of the support team: SUPPORT MEROLA

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BENJAMIN COVEY and AO LI

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