Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CT Virtuosi, CT Lyric Opera Present Elixir of Love at Palace


The CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra announces its first production at Waterbury's Palace Theater, a fully staged co-production with the Connecticut Lyric Opera, of Geatano Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore (Elixir of Love). The production will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 pm.

L’Elisir d’Amore has not been performed anywhere in Connecticut in a number of years, so this production provides a rare performance opportunity for audiences eager to see the opera which features one of the most recognized arias of all-time, “Una furtiva lagrima,” sung by Connecticut Lyric Opera star soprano from Lithuania, Jurate Svedaite-Waller.

New York-based tenor Sean Fallen will be Nemorino. Dulcamara will be sung by bass-baritone Laurentiu Rotaru, soprano Elizabeth Kinder, a Connecticut College student, will sing the supporting role of “Giannetta.”

Debuting as a stage director for the Virtuosi/CLO opera production is an internationally acclaimed American stage director Michael Philip Davis. Set for the show is designed by a polish-American painter Chistopher Podkowiak. The performances will be conducted by the Virtuosi’s and CLO’s Artistic Director, maestro Adrian Sylveen.

The opera will be fully staged, with orchestra, chorus, performed in Italian with English super-titles projected above the stage. For more information, visit visit the Connecticut Virtuosi web site at http://www.thevirtuosi.org/.

Tickets for L’Elisir d’Amore are $60, $46, and $35 and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at

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