Comedy and love on West Bay Opera stage

Italian grand opera? It doesn't get much more convoluted than "L'Elisir d'Amore" -- or more colorful and fun. One of the most popular operas in the entire repertoire, Donizetti's "Elisir" opens this weekend on the West Bay Opera stage.

A Sunday (Feb. 16) performance begins at 2 p.m. in the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Other performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

"Elisir" -- or "The Elixir or Love" -- is being sung in Italian, with supertitles from a new translation prepared by West Bay's general director Jose Luis Moscovich, who also conducts the opera orchestra. It features Venezuelan soprano Maria Fernanda Brea as Adina and tenor Chester Pidduck as Nemorino.

Baritone Igor Vieira sings the role of the huckster Dr. Dulcamara, and baritone Krassen Karagiozov is Belcore, the military sergeant who is set to wed Adina until she admits she's really in love with the impoverished peasant Nemorino. And love-struck Nemorino? He's convinced Adina loves him because he swallowed the love potion sold to him by the quack Dr. Dulcamara.

The production is directed by David Cox.

Tickets are $40 to $75, and are available online at WBOpera.org or by calling 424-9999.

Go to WBOpera.org for more information.


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