Elixir of Love – Sample from Acts I and II – Opening Night – 11 August 2011

Sample of the performances by Daniel Snodgrass (Sergeant Belcore), Jessica Slatkoff Arteaga (Adina), David Pereira (Nemorino) and Oscar Martinez (Dulcamara).

Miami Lyric Opera, under the artistic direction of Maestro Raffaele Cardone, is committed to historical accuracy. Our focus is on the music, not the set. More videos are on YouTube.com/MiamiLyricOpera.

The music of Gaetano Donizetti was showcased on 11 & 13 August 2011 at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. Tickets were $30 when purchased from the Box Office – 305.674.1040 – or online from Ticketmaster. Video by the MediaMojoGuy.

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Elixir of Love Ends Miami Lyric Opera 2011 Season

Miami Lyric Opera Artistic Director Raffaele Cardone

Miami Lyric Opera concluded the 2011 season with a critically acclaimed performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Elixir of Love.

Curtain Call for Elixir of Love at Colony Theatre - 13 August 2011

The 13 August 2011 finale featured (from left) Daisy Su as Gianetta, Daniel Snodgrass as Sergeant Belcore, Susana Diaz as Adina, David Pereira as Nemorino and Oscar Martinez as Dulcamara.

A free performance of Marina is scheduled for the Bandshell in North Beach (73 Street & Collins) on 5 November 2011. It’s part of the Miami Beach Cultural Promotion for residents.  Visit Miami Lyric Opera for details.

English translation of Italian lyric for Elixir of Love

This performance of Elixir of Love included English translation of the Italian lyrics, helping the audience follow the story line. Sponsorship of the translations for next season is available. The Miami Lyric Opera is a 501c3 non-profit organization and needs your financial support. Contact Artistic Director Raffaele Cardone to learn more about sponsor options for 2012.

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Cast Members of Elixir of Love – Daniel Snodgrass, David Pereira, Susana Diaz and Oscar Martinez

Daniel Snodgrass, David Pereira, Susana Diaz and Oscar Martinez

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Elixir of Love – Sample from Opening Night Performance | 11 & 13 August 2011 @ Colony Theatre – 305.674.1040

Samples from the opening night performance by Jessica Slatkoff Arteaga (Adina), Daniel Snodgrass (Sergeant Belcore), Oscar Martinez (Dulcamara) and David Pereira (Nemorino).

“Una furtiva lagrima” (lyrics below) was composed by Gaetano Donizetti, while the libretto was written by Felice Romani. It is sung by the character Nemorino during Act II of the opera.

Miami Lyric Opera presents Elixir of Love (L’Elisir D’Amore) by Gaetano Donizetti on 11 & 13 August 2011 at the Colony Theatre – 1040 Lincoln Road – Miami Beach. All seats are $30 from the Box Office – 305.674.1040. Subtitles will be used.

Video by the MediaMojoGuy – Miami, Florida.

Italian Text
Una furtiva lagrima
negli occhi suoi spuntò:
Quelle festose giovani
invidiar sembrò.
Che più cercando io vo?
Che più cercando io vo?
M'ama! Sì, m'ama, lo vedo. Lo vedo.
Un solo instante i palpiti
del suo bel cor sentir!
I miei sospir, confondere
per poco a' suoi sospir!
I palpiti, i palpiti sentir,
confondere i miei coi suoi sospir...
Cielo! Si può morir!
Di più non chiedo, non chiedo.
Ah, cielo! Si può! Si, può morir!
Di più non chiedo, non chiedo.
Si può morire! Si può morir d'amor.

English Translation
A single secret tear
from her eye did spring:
as if she envied all the youths
that laughingly passed her by.
What more searching need I do?
What more searching need I do?
She loves me! Yes, she loves me, I see it. I see it.
For just an instant the beating
of her beautiful heart I could feel!
As if my sighs were hers,
and her sighs were mine!
The beating, the beating of her heart I could feel,
to merge my sighs with hers...
Heavens! Yes, I could die!
I could ask for nothing more, nothing more.
Oh, heavens! Yes, I could, I could die!
I could ask for nothing more, nothing more.
Yes, I could die! Yes, I could die of love.
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Elixir of Love – Miami Lyric Opera @ Colony Theatre on Miami Beach – 11 & 13 August 2011

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Elixir of Love from Virginia, San Francisco and Los Angeles Opera Companies

Virginia Opera

Miami Lyric Opera
“Una furtiva lagrima” was composed by Gaetano Donizetti, while the libretto was written by Felice Romani. It is sung by the character Nemorino during Act II of the opera.

Miami Lyric Opera presents Elixir of Love (L’Elisir D’Amore) by Gaetano Donizetti on 11 & 13 August 2011 at the Colony Theatre – 1040 Lincoln Road – Miami Beach. All seats are $30 from the Box Office – 305.674.1040. Subtitles will be used.

San Francisco

Miami Lyric Opera
Under the artistic direction of Maestro Raffaele Cardone, Miami Lyric Opera is committed to historical accuracy. The focus is on the music, not the set. The music of Gaetano Donizetti will be showcased on 11 & 13 August 2011 at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. Tickets are $30 from the Box Office – 305.674.1040 – or online from Ticketmaster.

Los Angeles Opera

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Elixir of Love – Gaetano Donizetti – Miami Lyric Opera @ Colony Theater on Miami Beach – 11 & 13 August 2011


“Una furtiva lagrima” was composed by Gaetano Donizetti, while the libretto was written by Felice Romani. It is sung by the character Nemorino during Act II of the opera.

Miami Lyric Opera presents Elixir of Love (L’Elisir D’Amore) by Gaetano Donizetti on 11 & 13 August 2011 at the Colony Theatre – 1040 Lincoln Road – Miami Beach. All seats are $30 from the Box Office – 305.674.1040. Subtitles will be used. Video by the MediaMojoGuy – Miami, Florida.

Italian Text
Una furtiva lagrima
negli occhi suoi spuntò:
Quelle festose giovani
invidiar sembrò.
Che più cercando io vo?
Che più cercando io vo?
M’ama! Sì, m’ama, lo vedo. Lo vedo.
Un solo instante i palpiti
del suo bel cor sentir!
I miei sospir, confondere
per poco a’ suoi sospir!
I palpiti, i palpiti sentir,
confondere i miei coi suoi sospir…
Cielo! Si può morir!
Di più non chiedo, non chiedo.
Ah, cielo! Si può! Si, può morir!
Di più non chiedo, non chiedo.
Si può morire! Si può morir d’amor.

English Translation
A single secret tear
from her eye did spring:
as if she envied all the youths
that laughingly passed her by.
What more searching need I do?
What more searching need I do?
She loves me! Yes, she loves me, I see it. I see it.
For just an instant the beating
of her beautiful heart I could feel!
As if my sighs were hers,
and her sighs were mine!
The beating, the beating of her heart I could feel,
to merge my sighs with hers…
Heavens! Yes, I could die!
I could ask for nothing more, nothing more.
Oh, heavens! Yes, I could, I could die!
I could ask for nothing more, nothing more.
Yes, I could die! Yes, I could die of love.

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Subtitles Help New Opera Goers Understand the Lyrics and Story Line | Miami Lyric Opera

Miami Lyric Opera presents Donizetti’s Elixir of Love on 11 and 13 August 2011 at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. Subtitles are projected on to a screen mounted to the top of the stage. Words are projected from the back of the theatre, keyed by a knowledgeable person who is following the pace of the opera.

I wonder if a Kindle-type screen would work for individual usage.

Rigoletto translation improves audience enjoyment

For more information about the Miami Lyric Opera, visit the website.

Video by the MediaMojoGuy.

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Opera House Seating Manufactured by Skeie of Norway (auditorium seating)

Skeie Auditorium Seating designs seating for a variety of venues, ranging from Opera Houses to Cinemas, and, of course, the occasional stadium.

Visit Skeie Auditorium Seating for product information.

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Historic Sample – Guiseppe Di Stefano Sings Una Furtiva Lagrima from Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore

Miami Lyric Opera is dedicated to the preservation of historic opera. Each performance is designed as close to the original set as possible, which is usually minimalistic. The emphasis, Maestro Raffaele Cardone likes to say, is on the music, not the set.

On 11 & 13 August 2011, Miami Lyric Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore (Elixir of Love) at the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. The cast includes David Pereira, Susana Diaz, Jessica Slatkoff, Oscar Martinez, Daniel Snodgrass, Rebekah Diaz and Daisy Su. Check out Miami Lyric Opera for more information.

Since Miami Lyric Opera is committed to the past, we thought it appropriate to showcase one of the great opera singers as the soundtrack for our promotional videos.

Giuseppe di Stefano was born in Motta Sant’Anastasia, a village near Catania, Sicily. He was the only son of a carabiniere turned cobbler and his dressmaker wife. Di Stefano was educated at a Jesuit seminary and briefly contemplated entering the priesthood.
After serving in the Italian military (and briefly taking lessons from the Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod), di Stefano made his operatic debut in 1946 in Reggio Emilia as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, the role in which he made his La Scala debut the following year. The great beauty of his lyric tenor voice quickly won him international attention and he was duly engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He made his New York debut in 1948 as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He went on to perform regularly in New York for many years. In 1957, di Stefano made his British debut at the Edinburgh Festival as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore and his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut in 1961, as Cavaradossi in Tosca.
As a singer, di Stefano was admired for his excellent diction, unique timbre, passionate delivery and, in particular, for the sweetness of his soft singing. In his Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast debut in Faust, he attacked the high C forte and then softened to a pianissimo. Sir Rudolf Bing said in his memoirs that this was the most beautiful sound he had heard come out of a human throat during his many years as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.
During his years of international celebrity, di Stefano won a gold Orfeo, an Italian musical award similar to America’s Oscar

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