The Elixir of Love

The 2014-15 season opened New Year’s Eve with Donizetti’s sparkling popular comedy The Elixir of Love. Reviewer Bob Keefer called it “a potent, ravishing Elixir” in Eugene Art TalkThe Register-Guard said “Charm and comedy fill Elixir stage.” Heather Holmquest’s review praised the performers for “comedic gold,” “impeccable control and expression,” and being “incredibly enjoyable to watch.”

Audience members said:

“Voices, sets, costumes, acting ability, enthusiasm of the performers and the audience, music and direction — it was all high-energy and high-spirited.”
“The story Elixir was easy to follow — who needs to know Italian to understand the story?”
“The most beautiful Una furtiva lagrima I’ve ever heard.”
“Love the soprano!”
“I thought the overall quality of the performance was one of the best ever. I thought Marco played his role to perfection.”
“The acting and the singing were both superb. The sets were very imaginative and the staging was terrific. AND, Harry Baechtel and Sarah Kim were completely equal to the other main roles. Their singing, acting, and presence was just fabulous. Eugene can be very proud of all aspects of this performance.”

Click on the video below for a sample of this delightful show.

Eugene Opera’s production featured Chad Johnson — the “blond hunk with a bright tenor sound” — as the lovestruck but poor Nemorino who pines after the rich and beautiful Adina, portrayed by rising young soprano Angela Theis. She last appeared in Eugene as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, to high acclaim; her exquisite Adina was matched by Chad Johnson’s convincing and endearing Nemorino. Metropolitan Opera star Marco Nisticò brought his robust baritone and comic genius to the role of the mischievous Dr. Dulcimara, the instigator of change. (Click on photo to visit artist’s website.)

Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson
Angela Theis
Photo by Michael Davis,
Syracuse New Times
Marco Nistic
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