Opening Night Post-performance Q&A With Members Of The Cast

(January 17, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comic opera The Elixir of Love, the second in the Opera Series on February 2, 3, and 5. Donizetti’s sparkling comic opera is a potion for happiness, wealth, and love that changes EVERYTHING and is also one of the most performed operas in the world. Performances at The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, Florida on February 2 at 7 pm, February 3 at 8 pm, and February 5 at 2 pm.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Eric Jacobsen and Stage Director Mary Birnbaum, along with a stellar cast, presents Donizetti’s opera, sung in Italian with English supertitles in a surprising concert version designed for The Plaza Live stage.

Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir d’amore. The hopeless romantic Nemorino purchases a love potion from a traveling salesman to get the brilliant Adina to fall in love with him before she marries the soldier Belcore.  Will the potion work?  Does true love conquer all?  Bring your sweetheart and find out!

“The Elixir of Love is one of the sexiest, funniest and most ridiculous operas,” said music director Eric Jacobsen. “Not only is there a love triangle (in which its hard to decide which male character is more oblivious to reality), but there is also deception, hilarity, drinking games, and some of the greatest Italian music. Whatever your elixir of choice, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love with cast a spell over you!”

Music Director Eric Jacobsen and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by Mary Birnbaum, Stage Director, featuring Ariadne Greif, as Adina,William Davenport, as Nemorino, Tobias Greenhalgh, as Belcore, Wayne Tigges, as Dr. Dulcamara, Maria Laetitia, as Gianetta with the Opera Orlando Chorus.

Single tickets are available online at orlandophil.org, by calling (407) 770-0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

Now in its 24th season, The Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. Presenting over 125 events each year, the orchestra provides captivating musical experiences and education programs to people of all ages, and is committed to building a rich, sustainable future for symphonic music in Central Florida. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.


Eric Jacobsen is hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist and has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. Following an international search, Eric Jacobsen was appointed Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2015-2016 Season.

Mary Birnbaum Nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the 2015 International Opera Awards, Mary Birnbaum is a director whose credits include the world premiere of Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style (Carnegie Hall and the Ojai Festival), The Rape of Lucretia and Eugene Onegin (with conductor Matt Aucoin) at Juilliard, Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel (Houston), L’elisir d’amore (Teatro Nacional, Costa Rica), Otello (Taipei Philharmonic), plays by Lauren Yee and Joe Tracz at New World Symphony, and assisting Stephen Wadsworth on Masterclass (Broadway), King Roger (Santa Fe Opera) and the Ring Cycle (Seattle Opera). She teaches acting for singers at Juilliard where she is the associate director of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program.

Ariadne Greif, praised for her “luminous, expressive voice,” “searing top notes,” and “dusky depths,” (NY Times), began her opera career as a ‘boy’ soprano in the Los Angeles area and at the LA Opera, eventually making an adult debut singing Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra. She starred in roles ranging from Therese/Tirésias in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, singing a “thoroughly commanding and effortless” run at the Aldeburgh Festival, to Sappho in Atthis by Georg Friedrich Haas, which The New York Times called “a solo high-wire act for Ms. Greif,” “a vehicle for Ms. Greif’s raw, no-holds-barred performance,” “one of the most searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times.” 

William Davenport Upon his debut of Rigoletto with Tuscia Opera Festival, the Italian news reported, “The biggest ovation, however, was for William Davenport. The young tenor demonstrated a huge vocal ability.” The young lyric tenor is the Winner of the 2016 Veronica Dunne International, Opera Orchestra of New York Agnes Varis, Gerda Lissner, Giargiari Bel Canto, Licia Albanese, and of the Loren L. Zachary Society Vocal Competitions. He is a 2015 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and Peabody Conservatory of Music.


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