Donizetti’s comic masterpiece, “The Elixir of Love,” tangles and untangles love and laughter.
“Elixir,” at the Alberta Bair Theater March 28 and 30, spins the tale of Nemorino, a love-struck peasant in a country village who swoons at the sight of the free-spirited Adina, a beautiful and wealthy landowner. A traveling peddler appears with an enchanted love potion. Nemorino empties his bank account to buy the elixir, hoping it will gain him her love. Unexpected results, which Nemorino credits to the potion, throw the characters into chaos.
There’s not a lot to be taken seriously in this comedy by Donizetti, except for the glorious music. Alissa Rose, Jeffrey Kitto, Chris Johnson, Bradley Thompson and Carolyn Coefield take starring roles.
2nd Thumbs UP goes to Elixir.
Barbara Day Turner, conductor
Douglas Nagel, director
Alissa Rose, Adina
Jeffrey Kitto, Nemorino
Chris Johnson, Belcore
Robert Aaron Taylor, Dr. Dulcamara
Carolyn Coefield, Giannetta
Dr. Chris Sheppard, Chorus Master
Sandi Rabas, pianist
Jean-Francois Revon, Set Designer
Jill Port, costume designer
Alex Heyneman, lighting designer