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The Elixir of Love

Streamed February 12–14, 2021

“Seattle Opera’s ‘Elixir of Love’ beams with the joy of singing, even in virtual format.”
The Seattle Times

Overview


Music by Gaetano Donizetti; Libretto by Felice Romani

Returning to the digital stage by popular demand. This opera premiered to Seattle Opera subscribers in November, 2020. With so many requests to have it available for streaming for the public, we are pleased to offer this rebroadcast February 12-14, 2021.

Utterly enjoyable from first sip to last, this fizzy concoction is opera’s most winning comedy. A love-struck bumpkin is about to lose the company of a rich and independent landowner. Crossing paths with a quack doctor, he’s duped in more ways than one. Wine, a windfall, and a fateful furtive tear eventually reveal happy truths as sincerity triumphs amid much rejoicing. Madison Leonard, Michael Adams, Patrick Carfizzi, and Tess Altiveros are joined by pianists and solo musicians in a staging by David Gately designed especially for online streaming.

Performance Information

Performance Information

In Italian with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 1 hr and 55 minutes with 1 intermission

Recorded and filmed at McCaw Hall.

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Movie-style Rating: PG

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Proceeds from this opera stream benefitted artists, musicians, and crew via union funds, including the AGMA Artists Relief Fund. We are grateful to all of our union partners for their creativity and enthusiasm to put these operas on stage.

 

 

Artists

Madison Leonard

Adina

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Adina, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Seattle Opera Debut: Chrisann Brennan, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (’19)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Gilda, Rigoletto ('19); Frasquita, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto (Austin Opera); Ilia, Idomeneo (Wolf Trap Opera); Morgana, Alcina (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Dallas Opera); Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance (Utah Opera)

Last Updated: August 2020

Madison Leonard

Adina

Andrew Stenson

Nemorino

Tenor
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Spoletta, Tosca; Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni; Nemorino, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Rochester, MN
Seattle Opera Young Artist: 2010/11, 2011/12
Seattle Opera Debut: Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera:
Tamino, The Magic Flute ('17); Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment (’13); Orphée, Orpheus and Eurydice (’12) 
Recently: Demetrius, The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera); Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Opera Colorado); The Steersman, The Flying Dutchman (Dallas Opera)
Upcoming: Opera in the Park (Madison Opera); Pluto, Orpheus in the Underworld (Madison Opera); Bill, Flight (Dallas Opera)

Last Updated: March 2021

Andrew Stenson

Nemorino

Patrick Carfizzi

Dulcamara

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Newburgh, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Frank, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Music Master/Truffaldino, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Don Magnifico, Cinderella (’13); Ping, Turandot (’12)
Recently: Brander, La Damnation de Faust (Metropolitan Opera); Speaker, The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera); Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)
Upcoming: Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (San Diego Opera); Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro and Starveling, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Santa Fe Opera)

Last updated: September 2020

Patrick Carfizzi

Dulcamara

Michael Adams

Belcore

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Belcore, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte (’18)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin ('20)
Recently: Zurga, The Pearl Fishers (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Papageno, The Magic Flute (Washington National Opera); Masetto, Don Giovanni (Grand-Theatre de Geneve)
Upcoming: Maximilian, Candide (Grand-Théâtre de Genève); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Omaha, Madison Opera)

Last Updated: August 2020

Michael Adams

Belcore

Tess Altiveros

Gianetta

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Giannetta, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Clorinda, The Combat (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Songs of Summer ('20); Female Soldier, The Falling & The Rising (’19); E, O+E (’18)
Recently: Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Kentucky Opera); Songs of Summer (Seattle Opera); Magnificat (Minot Chamber Chorale)  
Upcoming: Rockstar, Tales from a Safe Distance (Decameron Opera Collective/Resonance Works); Elle, La voix humaine/Lucy, The Telephone (Opera on the James); Navidad (Pacific MusicWorks)

Last Updated: August 2020

Tess Altiveros

Gianetta

David Hsieh

Actor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Actor, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Seattle WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Amelia (’10)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Actor, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (’20); Supernumerary, Tosca, Don Giovanni, The Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto (‘14), Don Pasquale (YAP), Amelia.
Upcoming: Performer, City of Refuge (ReAct Theatre)

Last Updated: September 2020

David Hsieh

Actor

Carlo Montanaro

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Cecina, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut
Don Quichotte (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Rigoletto ('19); Il trovatore ('19); Madame Butterfly (’17); Mary Stuart (’16)
Recently:
 The Barber of Seville and La traviata (Opéra National de Paris); Nabucco (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: Tosca (Opéra National de Paris), Fedora (Frankfurt Opera), Il Turco in Italia (Teatro San Carlo di Napoli).

Last Updated: September 2020

Carlo Montanaro