Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00pm VALENTINE’S NIGHT!
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:30pm
at The Magnificent Tennessee Theatre
Opera preview hosted by Maestro Salesky begins 45 minutes prior to each performance
Gaetano Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is the perfect romantic comedy for your Valentine! Get ready for dazzling vocal fireworks and glorious melodies that will melt your heart as the desperate Nemorino pursues the feisty Adina. Although she is already engaged to a dashing sergeant, the determined Nemorino downs a love potion in hopes of stealing her away.
“Liquid courage” triumphs!
◊ Nemorino’s “Una furtiva lagrima”
◊ the Nemorino – Belcore duet “Venti scudi”
◊ Adina’s show-stopping finale
Presented in memory of Luciano Pavarotti whose legendary performances in Elixir won the hearts of millions of fans, including those who heard him perform arias from the opera at his 1990 Knoxville concert.
Performed in Italian with projected English translations.
Meet the Director!
BRIAN DEEDRICK (Stage Director)
Knoxville Opera is delighted to welcome back international stage director Brian Deedrick with this production of The Elixir of Love. As a freelance opera and theatre director, his work takes him all over Canada and the United States, with occasional forays as far afield as Casalmaggiore, Italy and Tel Aviv. During his years as Artistic Director of Edmonton Opera, some of his favorite productions there included Fidelio, Otello, Julius Caesar, Falstaff, Weill in Weimar, The Emperor of Atlantis, The Abduction from the Seraglio and South Pacific. Selected freelance opera credits have included Turandot and Aïda for Fort Worth Opera, Don Giovanni for Austin Lyric Opera, Otello and La Bohème for L’Opéra de Québec, Eugene Onegin and Tosca for Opera Carolina, The Flying Dutchman for Baltimore Opera, L’Elisir d’amore and The Pearl Fishers for Arizona Opera, The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale in Honolulu and Manon in Montreal. Immediately following the opening of Elixir here in Knoxville, Mr. Deedrick heads to Winnipeg, Manitoba for La Bohème. When not directing, the native of Canada works as a city tour guide in Berlin, Germany!
Meet the Cast!
ROD NELMAN (Dulcamara)
Sponsored thanks to the generosity of Betsey R. Bush.
Birthplace: Ravenna, Ohio
Foreign Opera Companies: Arena di Verona (Italy), Opéra de Québec , Opera Edmonton, Opera Nante (France)
U.S. Opera Companies: Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Long Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Florentine Opera, Knoxville Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Shreveport Opera, Kentucky Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera
U.S. Orchestras: Milwaukee Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, New World Symphony, Lansing Symphony
STEFANIA DOVHAN (Adina)
Sponsored thanks to the generosity of Peter Acly and Ellen Robinson.
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Foreign Opera Companies: Royal Opera Covent Garden (London), Theater Heidelberg, Theater Magdeburg, Theater Giessen, Badishes Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Mainz, Theater Hagen, Saarländishes Staatstheater, Monschau Open Air Klassik
U.S. Opera Companies: Portland Opera, New York City Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera
U.S. Festival: Spoleto Festival
JOSHUA KOHL (Nemorino)
Sponsored thanks to the generosity of Margaret L. Goodman.
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania
U.S. Opera Companies: Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sarasota Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Omaha, Tulsa Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Lake George Opera/Opera Saratoga, Opera North, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Opera Southwest, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Commonwealth Opera, Ohio Light Opera
U.S. Orchestras: New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic
SEAN ANDERSON (Belcore)
Birthplace: New York, New York
Foreign Opera Companies: Opera Theatre of Lucca
U.S. Opera Companies: Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Baz Luhrman’s La Bohème on Broadway, Knoxville Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Columbus, Chautauqua Opera, Opera New Jersey, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Delaware, Opera Southwest, Bozeman Opera, DiCapo Opera , Ohio Light Opera
EMILY HAGENS (Giannetta)
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Foreign Opera Companies: American Institute of Musical Studies Graz, Musica Coeli Graz
U.S. Opera Companies: Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera
U.S. Orchestras and Festivals: Aspen Music Festival, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, TCU Symphonic Orchestra
Act 1: A small country village
Nemorino is in love with Adina, who torments him with indifference. When he hears her reading the story of Tristan and Isolda, he is convinced that a magic potion will help him gain Adina’s love. Sergeant Belcore appears and immediately sets about courting Adina. Nemorino, alone with Adina, declares his love for her. Although Adina rejects him, he declares his feelings will never change.
Dulcamara, a travelling quack doctor, arrives, selling his bottled cure-all to the villagers. Nemorino asks Dulcamara if he has any of Isolda’s love potion. Dulcamara sells him a bottle of the cure-all (in reality only Bordeaux wine). To plan his escape, Dulcamara tells Nemorino the potion will not take effect for 24 hours, by which time the “doctor” will be long gone. Emboldened by the elixir, Nemorino feigns indifference when he encounters Adina. Belcore returns and proposes marriage to Adina, who agrees to marry him in six days. However, when Belcore learns that his regiment must leave the next morning, Adina promises to marry him that very day. Nemorino panics and cries out for Dulcamara. Adina, meanwhile, invites everyone to the wedding.
Act 2: Later that evening
A notary arrives at the wedding party to make the marriage official. Nemorino begs Dulcamara for more elixir, but is rejected due to a lack of money. Belcore asks his rival why he is depressed. When Nemorino says he needs cash, Belcore convinces him to join the army, as he’ll receive funds on the spot.
After they depart, Giannetta tells her friends that Nemorino’s uncle has just died and left a fortune to his nephew. However, neither Nemorino nor Adina is yet aware of this development. Nemorino enters, having spent his signing bonus on – and consumed – a large amount of elixir. Hoping to share his fortune, the women fawn all over Nemorino. Adina is rattled by Nemorino’s newfound popularity. Dulcamara explains that Nemorino had spent his last penny on the elixir and joined the army for money to get more, so desperate was he to win the love of some unnamed cruel beauty. Adina recognizes Nemorino’s sincerity, regrets her behavior, and realizes that she has loved him all along. Although Dulcamara tries to sell her some elixir to attract Nemorino, Adina declares that she will win him with her beauty. Alone, Nemorino reflects on a tear he saw in Adina’s eye when he was ignoring her, and convinces himself that she loves him. When Nemorino explains that he has joined the army to seek a better life, Adina tells him that he is
loved and that she has purchased back his contract from Belcore. She offers the cancelled contract to Nemorino and reassures him that, if he stays, he will be happy. As he takes the contract, Adina turns to leave. Nemorino, believing she is abandoning him, flies into a rage, vowing that if she does not love him he might as well die a soldier. Moved by his fidelity, Adina finally declares that she will love him forever. Belcore and the villagers return. Adina reveals that she will marry Nemorino, and Dulcamara boasts of the success of his elixir.