THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
KL CITY OPERA - Formerly known as Eat, Sing & Travel People, the Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO) is the only western opera company in Malaysia and has been actively staging opera productions since 2012. The group was awarded five BOH Cameronian Kakiseni Arts Awards in for their productions; “L'elisir D'amore” (2014), “Voices & Winds” (2014), “Madama Butterfly” (2018), and “A Grand Night of Opera (2022)”. Madama Butterfly and A Grand Night of Opera received six and five nominations in the BOH Cameronian Awards respectively. Amongst some of the group's notable past performances are “Die Zauberflöte”, “La Traviata” (2019), “Madama Butterfly”, “Hansel & Gretel” (2018), “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “La Fille du Régiment” (2017), “La Bohéme” (2016), “KLCO Fundraising Concert” (2015), “Can you Handel This?" (2015), “Double Bill: Tchaikovsky Nutcracker & Amahl & the Night Visitors” (2014), “L'Elisir D'amore” (2014), “Voices & Winds featuring Mozart's Coronation Mass” (2014), “Carmen” (2013, 2022), “Viva Verdi Bicentennial Celebration” (2013), “L'heure Exquise” (2013), and “La Bohème” (abridged version) (2012).To continue to advocate appreciation towards operas, KLCO have organised OperaKUL Festival in 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021 to be in the heart of the community with various workshops, talks, and intimate concerts.
The opera tells a story about Nemorino, a young villager, who is madly in love with the beautiful business owner Adina, who he thinks is beyond his reach. A Sergeant Belcore attempts to seduce Adina causes the frustrated Nemorino to reach out to a traveling purveyor of medicines, Dr. Dulcamara who sells Nemorino a fake love potion.
Nemorina needed the love potion to work faster, and attempted to buy one more bottle of elixir but ended up signing up to the army so he can afford the potion. Adina, learning that Nemorino is willing to risk his life by entering the army, is moved to tears by Nemorino’s affection for her. Adina pays Nemorino’s sign-up money back, and marries him.
Date: 13 to 22 Oct 2023
Time: 8 pm, 3 pm