Portland Opera To Go Presents THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

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

Portland Opera To Go!, the touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Program, began rehearsals in November on a new kid-friendly production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Beginning with their first stop on December 14 in Lake Oswego, the touring cast will visit communities all over the region before wrapping up back in Portland on March 11. Before it’s all said and done, children at 48 different schools will be introduced to opera with this sweet and charming comedy.

Clumsy, shy Nemorino is in love. Unfortunately, the object of his affections Adina doesn’t feel the same way. Enter Dr. Dulcamara with his famous “elixir of love.” Desperate, Nemorino quaffs the quack’s dubious brew, but before it has a chance to “work,” the dashing pilot Belcore arrives to sweep Adina off her feet. To prove his love and prevent the impending marriage, Nemorino enlists in the Air Force and uses his signing bonus to buy another dose of the Dr.’s “elixir.” Touched by his gesture, Adina realizes that she has loved Nemorino all along and all ends on a joyful high note (naturally)!

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 Common Core standards. 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.

Directed and adapted by Kristine McIntyre, the cast includes some of Portland’s finest young singers. The sets are designed by Polly Robbins, with costumes by Cara Carr.

Portland Opera To Go's THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

CAST

Nemorino, Matt Chittick
Adina, Ainsley Soutiere
Dulcamara, Rocky Sellers
Belcore, Rameen Chaharbaghi

Pianist, David Saffert
Stage Director, Kristine McIntyre
Set Designer, Polly Robbins
Costume Designer, Cara Carr
Adapted by Kristine McIntyre
Tour Manager, Sammuel Hawkins

Audiences of all ages will be able to enjoy the production at these venues:

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

1/8/16
The Elixir of Love
7:00 PM
Mountain Park Recreation Center
2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace
Lake Oswego, OR
Tickets: $5 per person at the door or in advance

1/11/16
The Elixir of Love
Noon
Portland’5 Center for the Arts
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon
Tickets: Free

1/16/16
The Elixir of Love
Noon
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan St
Newberg, Oregon
Tickets: Free

1/29/16
The Elixir of Love
7:00 PM
Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St
Portland, Oregon
Tickets: $5 under 12 yrs, $10 for everyone else, $20 for a family of four, call
503-241-1802, M-F, 9am-5pm

1/30/16
The Elixir of Love
1:00 PM
Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St
Portland, Oregon
Tickets: $5 under 12 yrs, $10 for everyone else, $20 for a family of four, call
503-241-1802, M-F, 9am-5pm

2/13/16
What Is That? Opera Edutainment concert—we introduce the building blocks of opera using some of opera’s greatest hits!
2:00 PM
Brookwood Hillsboro Library
2850 NE Brookwood
Hillsboro, OR
Tickets: Free

2/27/16
The Elixir of Love
2:00 PM
Walters Cultural Center
527 E Main St
Hillsboro, OR
Tickets: Suggested donation of $5

2/29/16
Double Bill of The Elixir of Love plus a An Evening of Passion Concert
7:00 PM
McKenzie Theater
One University Blvd
La Grande, OR
Tickets: Donations at this event support the Eastern Oregon University Music Scholarships through the EOU Foundation

3/5/16
The Elixir of Love
2:00 PM
Tigard Library
13500 SW Hall Blvd
Tigard, OR
Tickets: Free

SCHOOL TOUR

Lewis Elementary School, Mosier Community School, Park Academy, Laurin Middle School, Gaston Junior/Senior High, Lourdes Charter School, Tualatin High School, Montclair Elementary School, Aloha Huber Park, South Prairie Elementary, John Jacob Astor Elementary, Gearhart Elementary, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Grant Elementary School, Davis Elementary School, Pratum Elementary School, Central Howell School, Sandy Grade School, Redmond Proficiency Academy, Silver Rail Elementary School, Stafford Elementary School, Clark Montessori Charter School, Banks Elementary School, Bethany Elementary School, Whitman Elementary School, Turner Elementary School, Cloverdale Elementary School, Winston Middle School, Glencoe Elementary School, Ilwaco Middle School, Peninsula School, Beach School, Burns High School, Hines Middle School, Crane Elementary School, Fields Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Templeton Elementary School, Scott Mills Elementary, Union School, Pendleton High School, Trout Lake School, Dry Hollow Elementary School, Chenoweth Elementary, St. Joseph’s School, Harrison Park School, Trinity Lutheran School, and North Powder.

Education Program SPONSORS                                                              

Opus Bank  *  RBC Wealth Management  *  NW Natural  *  The Standard  *  U.S. Bank Foundation  *  The Wheeler Foundation  * Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Portland Opera appreciates the continuing support of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Meyer Memorial Trust, and The Collins Foundation. Portland Opera is a member of OPERA America.