WOW presents three exciting singers and multi-faceted artist Peter Knapp accompanied at the piano by Jeremy Silver. Together they will transport you to Naples in Italy with their operatic gems from Donizetti's most famous opera The Elixir of Love, sung in Italian with the story line narrated in English. After the interval the concert continues with popular Neapolitan songs including O sole mio and Funiculì Funiculà. Donizetti lived in Naples for 22 years and 51 of his 70 operas were staged there during that time
The Elixir of love storyline:
Wealthy Adina (Chiara Vinci) reads the book “Tristan and Isolde” to the people in her town. A poor boy, Nemorino (Tristan Stocks), also listens to the story in which Tristan takes the elixir of love which makes Isolde fall passionately in love with him. Nemorino concludes he needs the elixir to woo Adina despite the competition of his rival, the Sergeant Belcore. The visiting Medicine Man Dulcamara (Tony Baker), appears to sell a potion capable of curing anything. Nemorino asks him if he has the elixir of love, which Tristan took. Slightly bemused, he sells Nemorino a bottle of cheap wine, and intends to disappear. Nemorino tells Adina that she will fall in love with him and she angrily replies she intends to marry Belcore,
Nemorino needs another bottle of elixir he can't afford so he signs up for the army for a small fee. Dulcamara tells Adina about Nemorino’s plan and she is moved to tears and fall sin love. Nemorino wins the girl and all ends happily.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be sold in the interval by All Saints and there will be a retiring collection for WOW Opera.