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‘Elixir of Love’ next show for Opera Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE – Opera Huntsville is in rehearsal to present a fully-staged production of Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love,” a hilarious opera in two acts.

The venue will be the Von Braun Center Playhouse, 700 Monroe St. SW in Huntsville on April 22-24.

Huntsville star and MET performer Brandie Sutton will portray Adina in this three-performance run of the wildly famous and comedic opera. In the show, Nemorino, a young villager, is in love – but unhappily – with the beautiful farm owner Adina. Thinking Adina is beyond his reach, Nemorino tries a magic love potion in hopes to win her affection. Will the confusion lead to love?

Additional cast members include the Glimmerglass artist and stunning tenor Camron Gray, mezzo Rachel Gibson as Dr. Dulcamara, soprano Joylyn Rushing as Giannetta and baritone Chris Farley as Belcore.

Music Director Roberto Burton is leading a chamber orchestra. Chorus Master Shane Kennedy is conducting the chorus.

Sierra Hammond is serving as Production Manager.

Performers will present the opera in Italian with English supertitles. The show runs two hours and 15 minutes. Guests will have an intermission.

On opening night, April 22, Dr. Julie Moore-Foster with Oakwood University voice faculty and Stage Director Joey Frangieh will give a pre-performance lecture at 6 p.m. To buy tickets and for more information, visit operahuntsville.org/lelisir-damore.

Show times for “Elixir of Love” will be April 22 with the pre-performance lecture from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and the opera at 7 p.m.; April 23, 7 p.m.; and April 24, 2 p.m. VIP tickets cost $65, general admission tickets are $28, senior citizens at $23 and student tickets $15.

The digital “Opera Byte” release will be available on April 12.

Individuals can subscribe to Opera Huntsville’s YouTube Channel for the next release at youtube.com/channel/UCyxLMqvsHT82i5t78A8Xujw.

Upcoming performances for Opera Huntsville include Apprentice Showcase Recital, Asbury Church in Madison, May 3 at 6 p.m.; “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Burritt on the Mountain, May 10 at 10 a.m.; 2022-2023 season auditions, May 28; and Masquerade Ball, July 16 at 6 p.m.

Residents can consider sponsoring a singer, donating monies or assisting with a show. Productions are not possible without public support.

Opera Huntsville is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. The mailing address is P.O. Box 2832, Huntsville, AL 35804. For more information, call 256-417-9572, email info@operahuntsville.org or visit operahuntsville.org/lelisir-damore.

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