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Sing into spring with operatic comedy

DETROIT: Welcome spring with a lighthearted comedic opera! Michigan Opera Theatre begins its 2009 spring opera season, presenting an all-new production of the witty comic opera with an ingenious plot and charming music - Gaetano Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. 


The opera will be presented in four performances at the Detroit Opera House March 27-April 4, 2009, along with a special matinee rehearsal showing on March 26.  An opera in two acts, The Elixir of Love will be sung in Italian with English supertitle translations projected above the stage.

Ailyn Pérez


The cast of The Elixir of Love includes several returning MOT favorites, including Ailyn Pérez (27, 28, 4), who made her debut in the fall 2007 production of The Marriage of Figaro, alternating in the role of Adina with Amanda Squitieri (29), who is making her MOT debut. 


“A charming comedy of sacrifice and the pursuit of true love,” The Elixir of Love is set in the early 20th century Napa Valley.  Nemorino, a peasant, is madly in love with Adina, a beautiful landowner, but Adina is engaged to the self-absorbed sergeant Belcore. 


When Dulcamara, the traveling salesman, passes into town, Nemorino purchases a bottle of love elixir, convinced it will make Adina fall in love with him. Unbeknownst to Nemorino, Dulcamara has actually given him a bottle of wine. 


The love elixir is not successful in winning Adina, so Nemorino joins the military and uses his signing bonus to purchase even more elixir.  When Adina discovers the sacrifice Nemorino has made for her, she falls in love with him and breaks off her engagement with Belcore.


Tickets for the dress rehearsal and performances are available at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit, 48226), by phone at (313) 237-SING (7464) and online at www.MichiganOpera.org






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