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Arts & Entertainment - February 19, 2014

Comedy and love on opera stage this weekend

Italian grand opera? It doesn't get much more convoluted than "L'Elisir d'Amore" — or more colorful and fun. One of the most popular operas in the entire repertoire, Donizetti's "Elisir" closes this weekend on the West Bay Opera stage with Feb. 22 and 23 performances.

"Elisir" — or "The Elixir or Love" — is being sung in Italian, with supertitles from a new translation prepared by West Bay's general director Jose Luis Moscovich, who also conducts the opera orchestra. It features Venezuelan soprano Maria Fernanda Brea as Adina and tenor Chester Pidduck as Nemorino.

Baritone Igor Vieira sings the role of the huckster Dr. Dulcamara, and baritone Krassen Karagiozov is Belcore, the military sergeant who is set to wed Adina until she admits she's really in love with the impoverished peasant Nemorino. And love-struck Nemorino? He's convinced Adina loves him because he swallowed the love potion sold to him by the quack Dr. Dulcamara.

The production, directed by David Cox, is being staged at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

The Saturday performance is at 8 p.m. A Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $40 to $75, and are available online at WBOpera.org or by calling 424-9999.

Go to WBOpera.org for more information.

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