Shea Owens

"His vocal quality is stunning, with all the richness of a well-rounded baritone voice but with a striking brightness that thrills, particularly in his upper range."

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The Elixir of Love


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Donizetti’s bel canto comedy, The Elixir of Love, is as charming as it is funny. Nemorino is a likeable but hopeless romantic who has fallen in love with the bold and quick-witted Adina. She isn’t won over by his pleas of love and things get worse when she has an offer of marriage from the self-important Sergeant Belcore. When a dubious salesman, Dulcamara, rolls into town he offers Nemorino what seems like the perfect solution – The Elixir of Love.

Gaetano Donizetti allegedly composed this opera buffa in the record time of 14 days. His music describes the characters with humor: Adina's liveliness and extravagance eventually soften as her feelings change; Nemorino's love for Adina is expressed in lyrical arias; in contrast, the songs of Sergeant Belcore are showy and proud; and the businessman Dulcamara with his many promises speaks without ceasing and acts as a true showman. Yearning and fantasy, romance and humor all mingle in this opera, Donizetti's greatest success. 

Mr. Owens will perform as Sergeant Belcore. For tickets and more info, click here.

Earlier Event: February 2
Kashchey the Immortal / The Nightingale