The Elixir of Love - A Note from Francesca Zambello, WNO Artistic Director

Have you ever had a crush on someone who treated you terribly? And then to make matters worse, did you go back for more, despite everyone telling you to drop it? 

What if, by some miracle, the person ended up defying all odds and connected back with you? 

It may sound like an episode of the next new Netflix series, but it’s actually the plot of WNO’s next opera, The Elixir of Love. 

In Elixir, the protagonist, Nemorino, is mooning over Adina. He buys a love potion sold to him by some quack to help him win the girl of his dreams. This being opera, Nemorino sings one of the biggest hits of all operas, “Una furtiva lagrima,” when he believes that the elixir has worked. 

Who has not felt like Nemorino? We’ve all experienced unrequited love, and what makes this opera so enchanting is that Adina really does love Nemorino in the end. Our comic and heartfelt ride concludes with a happily ever after.

I urge you to come see this opera and share it with friends. It’s a wonderful “date” opera. It’s a fun family opera. And it’s a great first-timer opera. Bring someone new with you! The Elixir of Love will sweep you up with its direct and honest emotions and catchy, tuneful music.

I will see you there!

Warmly,
FZ

The Elixir of Love - A Note from Francesca Zambello, WNO Artistic Director

Have you ever had a crush on someone who treated you terribly? And then to make matters worse, did you go back for more, despite everyone telling you to drop it? 

What if, by some miracle, the person ended up defying all odds and connected back with you? 

It may sound like an episode of the next new Netflix series, but it’s actually the plot of WNO’s next opera, The Elixir of Love. 

In Elixir, the protagonist, Nemorino, is mooning over Adina. He buys a love potion sold to him by some quack to help him win the girl of his dreams. This being opera, Nemorino sings one of the biggest hits of all operas, “Una furtiva lagrima,” when he believes that the elixir has worked. 

Who has not felt like Nemorino? We’ve all experienced unrequited love, and what makes this opera so enchanting is that Adina really does love Nemorino in the end. Our comic and heartfelt ride concludes with a happily ever after.

I urge you to come see this opera and share it with friends. It’s a wonderful “date” opera. It’s a fun family opera. And it’s a great first-timer opera. Bring someone new with you! The Elixir of Love will sweep you up with its direct and honest emotions and catchy, tuneful music.

I will see you there!

Warmly,

FZ

The FREE “Pequeno Teatro” installation brings some theater magic off the stage and into the Kennedy Center Hall of States. Brazilian artist Rosa Magalhães, one of the most successful Carnaval designers in Rio de Janeiro, created puppets depicting playwrights and their famous works. Can you spot Shakespeare, Pirandello, Molière, & Sondheim? http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=EOEXB #WorldStages (at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)

The FREE “Pequeno Teatro” installation brings some theater magic off the stage and into the Kennedy Center Hall of States. Brazilian artist Rosa Magalhães, one of the most successful Carnaval designers in Rio de Janeiro, created puppets depicting playwrights and their famous works. Can you spot Shakespeare, Pirandello, Molière, & Sondheim? http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=EOEXB #WorldStages (at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)

MCs, DJs, B-boys, and graffiti at the Kennedy Center, “say what?!” In collaboration with Hi-ARTS we bring you One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating  this uniquely American art form. With ticketed and free performances throughout the building there is something for everyone. Check out the trailer for some One Mic flava.

Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab and Talise Trevigne as Pip. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO Matthew Worth as Starbuck, Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab, and the company of Moby-Dick. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Alexander Lewis as Flask, Eric Greene as Queequeg, Talise Trevigne as Pip, and Christian Bowers as Stubb. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Eric Greene as Queequeg and Stephen Costello as Greenhorn (Ishmael). Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab and the company of Moby-Dick. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab (center) and the company of Moby-Dick. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Stephen Costello as Greenhorn (Ishmael). Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO. Carl Tanner as Captain Ahab. Photo by Scott Suchman for WNO.

Moby-Dick opens on Saturday (2/22) in its East Coast Premiere at the Kennedy Center Opera House.  Check out these images from last night’s Washington National Opera dress rehearsal!

Moby-Dick is technically spectacular and showcases opera singers Carl Tanner, Stephen Costello, Matthew Worth, Eric Greene, Talise Trevigne, and Alexander Lewis. More Info

Our essential Moby-Dick reading list:

Moby-Dick | Big Read

In spring of 2011, artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare invited artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics to participate in a three-day symposium inspired by their obsession with Moby-Dick. The tremendous response inspired an online version of Melville’s epic, with an original artwork to accompany a recording of each chapter. Readers include Tilda Swinton, Simon Callow, Fiona Shaw—and 132 more.

WNO: Moby-Dick | Kennedy Center Opera House | Feb. 22- Mar. 8

Our essential Moby-Dick reading list:Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the Twenty-first Century by Robert K. WallaceInspired by the world premiere production of Moby-Dick, Robert K. Wallace, a past-president of the Melville Society, tells the story of the opera’s creation. This handsome volume includes more than 200 color photos, interviews with artists, and the full libretto. WNO: Moby-Dick | Kennedy Center Opera House | Feb. 22- Mar. 8

Our essential Moby-Dick reading list:

Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the Twenty-first Century by Robert K. Wallace

Inspired by the world premiere production of Moby-Dick, Robert K. Wallace, a past-president of the Melville Society, tells the story of the opera’s creation. This handsome volume includes more than 200 color photos, interviews with artists, and the full libretto.

WNO: Moby-Dick | Kennedy Center Opera House | Feb. 22- Mar. 8

"Our essential "Moby-Dick" reading list:"Moby-Dick" by Herman MelvilleIt is affectionately called the most famous novel that no one has ever read… but you don’t want to be one of those people so brush up on your literature and read Herman Melville’s great work before you see this epic opera on stage. WNO: Moby-Dick | Kennedy Center Opera House | Feb. 22- Mar. 8

"Our essential "Moby-Dick" reading list:

"Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville

It is affectionately called the most famous novel that no one has ever read… but you don’t want to be one of those people so brush up on your literature and read Herman Melville’s great work before you see this epic opera on stage.

WNO: Moby-Dick | Kennedy Center Opera House | Feb. 22- Mar. 8