Opera closes season with ‘Love Potion’Written by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Opera is hoping you’ll fall madly in love with its latest offering. The highly anticipated production of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic “L’elisir D’Amore” (“The Love Potion”) is set to open on May 1 at the Valentine Theatre.
“I try to give a certain balance to each season, I think of each production as part of a meal. This piece is very light and sweet, like dessert, in contrast to our last production, which was very serious,” said Renay Conlin, Toledo Opera general and artistic director. “It comes from the 19th century and is considered one of the classics of opera’s golden age. It really shows what the human voice was and is capable of, putting great demands on the singer. I think one of the reasons opera has endured all this time is because of the quality of the music, and because the themes that it so often deals with, like love, jealousy, and betrayal, are things that we still encounter today—they’re very universal, and simply because great art always endures.”
The show features performances by Heather Buck, Emily Ezzie, Bryan Griffin, Timothy Mix and Marco Nistico, as well as stage direction by Jeffrey Marc Buchman. Thomas Conlin will be conducting the show. The original production first debuted in Milan to great acclaim May 12, 1832. Donizetti is best known today for his tragic opera based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”
“I would say that you really don’t want to miss this show, because this particular opera hasn’t been done in our area since 1984, and while I’m sure you will be able to see the piece performed again at some point, you won’t be able to see this production of it, in the sense that it isn’t a traveling show, but something very special and unique to Toledo,” Conlin said. “Also, the piece of very funny, very accessible, you will understand everything, you go out whistling more than one tune, and nobody dies.”
Showtime is 7:30 p.m May 1 and May 7. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on May 9. Single ticket prices begin at $30. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (419) 255-SING.
The Valentine Theatre is located at 410 Adams Street.
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