KNOXVILLE OPERA PRESENTS:
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!