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ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre sponsored by The Harris presents a Donizetti opera comica


October 28, 2004

Tempe, Ariz. – It’s Donizetti at his comic best! Don’t miss the award-winning ASU Lyric Opera Theatre’s production of The Elixir of Love.

Donizetti was just 35 when he wrote The Elixir of Love. Depending on the source, he completed it in either two weeks or 10 weeks, either of which is an accomplishments. The opera comica features a happy ending, thanks to the realization of the true feelings of the characters: a simple village lad, a beautiful country girl, a swaggering sergeant and a quack doctor.

The Elixir of Love’s first performance was in May 12, 1832. It was an instant success, and has remained in the standard repertoire ever since its composition. Through the years, opera critics have admired the subtle changes from buffa to seria style, and the emotional music. Donizetti’s radiant score brims with color and charm, and contains the beautiful tenor aria, “A Furtive Tear.”

Performances are Nov. 19 and 20, and Dec. 1, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 21. Performances will be in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre located in the Music Building on the ASU Tempe campus, 40 E. Gammage Parkway. Single tickets range in price from $5 to $20. For tickets or for more information, please contact http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/tickets/ or call the Herberger College box office at 480-965-6447.

The ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre 2004-2005 season is sponsored by The Harris, "Leaders in wealth management since 1882." The Harris is a long-time supporter of arts in the community and has used its offices to showcase works by local artists. This is its first opportunity to extend that support to the Lyric Opera Theatre and to recognize the exceptional performances staged by the Herberger College School of Music's Music Theatre/Opera program.



Media Contact:
Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478
Mica.Matsoff@asu.edu