Elixir opens with Nemorino, a poor ice cream vendor (that's his ice cream truck on the left) expressing his love for the lovely but aloof Adina. Adina doesn't give him the time of day; she only has eyes for Belcore, a sergeant in the unit passing through town. Adina, the town booklover, tells the story of Tristan and Isolde, in which a love potion plays a prominent role. When Dr. Dulcamara, a traveling huxter, comes to town, Nemorino asks him if he has a love potion that would make Adina love him. (By the way, I googled Dulcamara. Solanum dulcamara is a plant with very attractive yet toxic berries.) Happy to oblige, and sensing that Nemorino's not too bright, he sells Nemorino a bottle of cheap wine, convincing him that it's the love potion he's looking for. Comedy ensues.
As I have come to expect from the Fort Worth Opera, the singing was top-notch. Ava Pine as Adina and tenor Michael Fabiano as Nemorino were fantastic, as was bass Rod Nelman as Dr. Dulcamara. The players from the Fort Worth Symphony played to their usual perfection, and Bass Hall itself provided the perfect room. We sit in the cheap seats, and I am always amazed at the acoustics in Bass Hall. The singers use no microphones, yet even in the upper gallery, we never miss a note.
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