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Director Joshua Lindsay hopes that the show will be accessible to a new generation of operagoers

Abigail Miles (Adina) and Riley Pierce (Nemorino) in BYU’s “Elixir of Love.” (Ryan Campbell/BYU Photo)

The School of Music will bring life, laughs and romance to the BYU stage when Gaetano Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love” — or “L’elisir d’amore” — opens on June 12.

The comic opera — which will be sung in the original Italian with English supertitles — follows gullible peasant Nemorino as he pines over the beautiful Adina, a wealthy landowner who refuses to commit to one man. When a rival suitor emerges, Nemorino gives his life savings to a traveling snake oil salesman in exchange for a purported love potion.

The show’s wit and lovable characters have charmed audiences for nearly 200 years. Director Joshua Lindsay counts himself among the opera’s fans.

“‘Elixir of Love’ was actually the first opera I ever watched on TV,” said Lindsay. “I was 15 and had started taking voice lessons, and I saw it on PBS with Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle. I was wowed by the humor and the great, great singing. I fell in love with opera after that.”

Lindsay hopes that audiences resonate with both the music and the story of the show, whether they are first-time operagoers or veterans of the genre.

“Come to the opera,” he said. “You will be entertained and enjoy beautiful, lively music. You may even recognize some of the tunes. I hope you will leave with an appreciation — and maybe a newfound love — of opera.”

Read more about the performance at the BYU Arts website.

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