Director's Notes: The Elixir of LoveBy COC StaffBy James Robinson, DirectorPosted in The Elixir of Love
An under-achieving small-town bumpkin, a beautiful and educated young woman, a visiting quack doctor, and a blustery recruiting officer. A small village in the middle of a rural landscape, a collection of townspeople and farmers. Gorgeous tunes, lovely duets, uproarious comedy. The Music Man? Oklahoma!? No, it's the delicious comic opera by Donizetti, The Elixir of Love.
A Feel-Good ElixirBy COC StaffPosted in The Elixir of Love
Reuniting at the COC for Donizetti's Most Popular Comedy
By Kristin McKinnon, Publicist and Publications Co-ordinator
Who doesn’t love a good rom-com? Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is a bubbly concoction of romance, humour and beautiful bel canto. It’ a timeless story that sees a kind-hearted but impoverished young man sees the powers of a “magic” potion to win the woman of his dreams. But unlike the Tristan and Isolde myth, which the opera nods to (and Richard Wagner would adapt to very different effect in his famous music drama more than 30 years later), love triumphs and the good guy wins out in the end. It serves as a perfect showcase for the three recent Ensemble Studio graduates to reunite on the Four Seasons Centre stage: tenor Andrew Haji stars as the love-struck Nemorino, alongside soprano Simone Osborne as the object of his affection, Adina, and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner, as the pompous Sergeant Belcore. We checked in with them to find out what they love most about Donizetti’s popular comedy.