Mon12222014

Stepping Out

West Bay Opera production opens Friday at Lucie Stern


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Maria Fernanda Brea stars in the West Bay Opera production of “L’elisir d’amore.”

The West Bay Opera production of “L’elisir d’amore” is slated to open Friday and run through Feb. 23 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Sung in Italian with English titles, “L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) is a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. It is the story of a country bumpkin who falls in love with a beautiful and inaccessible landowner, whom he wins over with the help of an Italian-style snake- oil salesman.

The fully staged production includes a blend of stage sets and projections to re-create the original Italian countryside setting.

This marks West Bay’s fifth production of “L’elisir d’amore.” The company first presented the opera in 1967 and revived it 1974, 1981 and 1992.

José Luis Moscovich, West Bay Opera’s general director and conductor, said “L’elisir d’amore” boasts a “pretty extraordinary” cast. Maria Fernanda Brea stars as Adina. The young Venezuelan soprano – making her WBO debut – is “heading for a spectacular career,” Moscovich said.

The cast also features tenor Chester Pidduck (as Nemorino), baritone Igor Vieira (Dr. Dulcamara), Krassen Karagiozov (Belcore) and Molly Mahoney (Giannetta).

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday and Feb. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 23.

Tickets are $40-$75.

For tickets and more information, call 424-9999 or visit wbopera.org.

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