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2017-2018 Season and Festival

An entire year of operas featuring TurandotL'elisir d'amore, Eugene Onegin, and The Overcoat - a musicial tailoring.

L'Elisir d'amore

L'Elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) 
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
January 21 at 2:00pm
January 25 & 27 at 7:30pm

Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani

Cast and Creative Teams
Adina: Ying Fang
Nemorino: Andrew Haji
Dulcamara: Stephen Hegedus
Belcore: Brett Polegato

With the Vancouver Opera Chorus as villagers and soldiers and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Director: Brenna Corner after James Robinson
Set Designer: Allen Moyer
Costumer Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Revival Costumer Designer: Amanda Seymour
Lighting Designer: Harry Frehner
Chorus Master: Les Dala

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About L’Elisir d’amore 
L'Elisir d'amore is a romantic comedy in which a poor and hapless young man eventually wins the hand of the rich and educated town beauty. The love potion of the title unlocks the secret desires of all the main characters, and along the way the plot takes many amusing twists and turns. Chinese soprano Ying Fang makes her role debut as Adina. All of the other principal roles are sung by exceptional Canadian singers. Tenor Andrew Haji is note-perfect as Adina’s lovesick admirer Nemorino, and enchants in the famous aria “Una furtiva lagrima”. Baritone Brett Plegato is pomposity incarnate as Belcore, Nemorino’s rival for Adina’s affections. Dr. Dulcamara, the huckster selling the fake magic elixir, is sung in suitably wacky style by baritone Stephen Hegedus. This whimsical production is set in a small Canadian town, complete with ice cream truck and gazebo, which perfectly captures the innocence of the story. Music Director Jonathan Darlington has total command of Donizetti’s richly textured score.


The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including 1 intermission.

Sung in Italian with English and Chinese SURTITLESTM

L’Elisir d’amore is a Canadian Opera Company production.