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Curtis Opera Theatre Presents 'L'elisir d'amore' November 21-24 at the Prince Music Theater

Donizetti's popular comic opera told in a fully staged production directed by Jordan Fein and conducted by Vinay Parameswaran ('13)

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(November 15, 2013) A "magic" potion spurs a series of twists and turns on the road to love in Donizetti's enduring comedy L'elisir d'amore, presented November 21 through 24 at the Prince Music Theater. Curtis Opera Theatre presents this fully staged production, sung in Italian with English supertitles, with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

One of the most frequently performed operas worldwide, L'elisir d'amore features the story of the humble and naïve Nemorino who worships the wealthy and feisty Adina from afar. With the help of a magic potion and a doctor of questionable credentials, Nemorino endeavors to win Adina's love. To add to its charm, the opera also features one of the most famous and beloved tenor arias, "Una furtiva lagrima," in which Nemorino sings of his love for Adina.

L'elisir d'amore
is directed by Jordan Fein and conducted by Vinay Parameswaran ('13). Scenic design is by Amy Rubin, costume design is by Ásta Bennie Hostetter with lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker. Performances take place on Thursday, November 21 through Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday November 24 at 2:30 p.m. The Prince Music Theater is located at 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

Tickets are $35 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or

Vinay Parameswaran
is active both as an orchestral and opera conductor. In the 2013-14 season, he leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in educational and outreach concerts and returns to the Curtis Opera Theatre to conduct Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. Last season Mr. Parameswaran conducted six performances with violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh as part of their "2 × 4" project, leading the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra at the Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, the Miller Theater in New York, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. He conducted the Curtis Opera Theatre production of Mozart's Magic Flute and led Act I of Jennifer Higdon's forthcoming opera Cold Mountain in a workshop with Opera Philadelphia. He also participated in a workshop with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and attended the Conductor's Institute at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, headed by Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier and sponsored by the Conductors Guild.

Mr. Parameswaran debuted with the Curtis Opera Theatre in 2011, conducting a double bill of Handel's Apollo e Dafne and Davies's Miss Donnithorne's Maggot. He made his Verizon Hall debut with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra conducting works by Ludwig and Barber and his Kennedy Center debut with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble Mr. Parameswaran is an accomplished pianist and percussionist who has performed concertos with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and the Brown University Orchestra and given solo recitals in San Francisco, Berkeley, Providence, and Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music and political science from Brown University, graduating with honors. At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips. In 2013 he received a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned conducting pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller.

Jordan Fein is a New York-based opera and theatre director. For the Curtis Opera Theatre he has directed DIDO+, a triple bill that included Weill's Berliner Requiem, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Luciano Berio's Sequenza III. Also for the Curtis Opera Theatre, he has assistant directed Britten's Owen Wingrave, Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, and Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen. Most recently Mr. Fein directed Dracula, or The Undead as a part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2013 season. Other Williamstown Theatre Festival credits include Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema and Edward Albee's Zoo Story. New York credits include Queen of the May… (Galapagos Art Space), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova Ant Fest/JACK), Jenet's The Maids (Fourth Street Theater) and Edibles Inc. (Incubator Arts Project). Jordan holds a B.F.A. from New York University.

The Curtis Opera Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen, works with established professional directors and designers to create fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and contemporary works. All of Curtis's 25 voice and opera students are cast repeatedly each season, receiving a rare level of performance experience. As a result Curtis graduates have sung with opera companies all over the world, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.

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Curtis Opera Theatre: L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Vinay Parameswaran, conductor ('13)
Jordan Fein, stage director
Amy Rubin, scenic designer
Ásta Bennie Hostetter, costume designer
Amith Chandrashaker, lighting designer

DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore

Fully staged production with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Tickets: $35; available from the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.


Adina            (Nov 21 and 24) Rachel Sterrenberg
                     (Nov 22) Elena Perroni
                     (Nov 23)Alize Rozsnyai

Nemorino      (Nov 21 and 24) Roy Hage
                     (Nov 22) Mingjie Lei
                     (Nov 23) Spencer Lang

Belcore         (Nov 21 and 24) John McCullough
                    (Nov 22) Jamez McCorkle
                    (Nov 23) Sean Plumb

Dulcamara    (Nov 21 and 24) Andrew Bogard
                     (Nov 22) Anthony Reed
                     (Nov 23) Thomas Shivone

Giannetta     (Nov 21 and 24) Heather Stebbins
                    (Nov 22) Lin Shi
                    (Nov 23) Shir Rozzen

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