Portland Opera To Go presents The Elixir Of Love

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 19, 2011  
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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Gaetano Donizetti’s



Got kids?  A little bit shy of trying opera?  Here is your opportunity to
introduce opera to your kids and maybe to yourself!


Portland, Ore.—Portland Opera To Go, the touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Program, hits the Oregon highways once again with an all-new, kid-friendly production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.  Beginning January 24, 2011 in Beaverton, the tour will visit communities all over the region before concluding in Rainier on March 17.  While out on the road, the traveling troupe in the big white Portland Opera van will visit 37 schools.  

For the first time, thanks to a new partnership with McMenamins, the public will also have the opportunity to see this charming coming of age tale.  There will be free public presentations at many McMenamins venues, as well as a free performance at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and special family pricing for three public performances at The Hampton Opera Center.  All told, this talented group will bring the joy of opera to thousands of Oregonians for a total of 52 performances.  From the Oregon coast on the west to Prairie City on the east, it’s one of the largest arts education tours on the West Coast.

The witty and engaging tale of the young, love-struck Nemorino and the “magic” elixir that will cure his shyness is designed especially for young audiences and comes complete with detailed curriculum plans for teachers that meet the Oregon State benchmarks.  At many of the tour stops, the talented performers will spend time in classrooms where they’ll get to engage the students in ways that can literally change students’ lives.

Audiences of all ages will be able to enjoy the production at McMenamins Grand Lodge (Forest Grove), the Sand Trap (Gearhart), the Crystal Ballroom (Portland), Hotel Oregon (McMinnville), the Kennedy School (Portland), Old St. Francis School (Bend), Edgefield (Troutdale) and the Olympic Club (Centralia).  At these McMenamins venues, audiences will be treated to special concerts of opera’s greatest hits in addition to The Elixir of Love.

Bursting with charm, Elixir is set in a 1930s farm community with Nemorino portrayed as a bumbling—but endearing—young farm hand in love with the feisty Adina.  His nemesis, Belcore,is
a dashing pilot who woos Adina when his plane crashes on the farm.  Directed and adapted by Kristine McIntyre (Portland Opera’s The Return of Ulysses, 2006, Lucia di Lammermoor 2004, La Traviata, 2001), who also wrote the translation, the cast includes some of Portland’s finest young singers. The delightful sets are designed by Polly Robbins (Portland Opera’s Cinderella, 2007), with costumes by Cara Carr.


DulcamaraBaritone STACEY MURDOCK
BelcoreBaritone ERIC HUNDTOFT
Stage DirectorKristine McIntyre
Set DesignerPolly Robbins
Costume DesignerCara Carr
Adapted byKristine McIntyre











PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE                                                     

Locally, three public performances of The Elixir of Love are scheduled at The Hampton Opera Center, Portland Opera Studio (211 SE Caruthers, just south of OMSI) on February 18 (7pm) and February 19 (1pm and 4pm).  

Tickets for the Hampton Opera Center performances are $5 under 12 yrs, $10 for everyone else, $20 for a family of four, and may be purchased as follows:

By phone:Portland Opera Box Office (503-241-1802 or toll-free 866-739-6737)
Mon. – Fri., 9am – 5pm.
In person:Portland Opera Box Office (211 SE Caruthers St., just south of OMSI)
Mon. – Fri. 9am – 5pm.


2/18/11The Elixir of Love7:00 PMThe Hampton Opera CenterPortland
2/19/11The Elixir of Love1:00 PMThe Hampton Opera CenterPortland
2/19/11The Elixir of Love4:00 PMThe Hampton Opera CenterPortland


*FREE performance open to the public
(Calendar Editors Kindly Note)


The Elixir of Love will be followed by a concert of operas greatest hits.

*1/30/11The Elixir of Love / Concert2:00 PMGrand Lodge/Compass RoomForest Grove
*2/3/11The Elixir of Love / Concert7:00 PMSand Trap/Livingston RoomGearhart
*2/10/11The Elixir of Love / Concert7:00 PMCrystal Ballroom/Lola's RoomPortland
*2/13/11The Elixir of Love / Concert2:00 PMHotel Oregon/Mattie's RoomMcMinnville
*3/3/11The Elixir of Love / Concert7:00 PMKennedy School/GymPortland
*3/6/11The Elixir of Love / Concert2:00 PMOld St. Francis SchoolBend
*3/13/11The Elixir of Love / Concert2:00 PMEdgefield Blackberry HalTroutdale
*3/18/11The Elixir of Love / Concert7:00 PMOlympic Club TheaterCentralia, WA



*FREE performance open to the public
(Calendar Editors Kindly Note)


*2/14/11The Elixir of Love12:00 PMPCPA Lobby RotundaPortland



Download the pdf here for a full schedule.


KeyBank · Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation · The William Randolph Hearst Foundation · PGE Foundation · U.S. Bancorp Foundation · Oregon Cultural Trust · Bank of America Foundation · Robert D. & Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust · McMenamins · Herbert A. Templeton Foundation · JPMorgan Chase Foundation · Kiewit-Bilfinger Berger, AJV · BNSF  Foundation

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities, and heritage.

Portland Opera is proud to be a part of the region’s thriving artistic and business community, serving Oregon and SW Washington.  Celebrating the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with productions of grand opera in the Keller Auditorium and intimate chamber opera in the Newmark Theatre, the Company also is a committed educational partner, touring this fully staged opera to schools and community centers throughout the region, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.


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