Vancouver Island Opera to produce Elixer of Love

The Vancouver Island Opera (VIO) has announced it’s feature full length production this year, L’Eliser d’Amore, or The Elixir of Love, playing Nov. 5 and 6.

Vancouver Island Opera produces a variety of excellent performances in Qualicum Beach.

Vancouver Island Opera produces a variety of excellent performances in Qualicum Beach.

The Vancouver Island Opera (VIO) has announced it’s feature full length production this year, L’Eliser d’Amore, or The Elixir of Love, playing Nov. 5 and 6.

Artistic director Tatiana Vasilieva has chosen four soloists out of 25 to perform in the production, and all are very pleased to have a full orchestra, instead of the usual piano accompaniment, Vasilieva said.

John Arsenault will return to conduct from Vancouver, a well known singer, tenor and conductor.

The opera is called an “opera buffa” in Italian, meaning it is a comic opera centered around the subject of love. Vasilieva said it is a wonderful opera to watch.

“It has beautiful melodies and lots of choruses to sing,” she said.

L’Eliser d’Amore is number 20 on Opera America’s list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

VIO is accepting choir members for this production. No experience is necessary just a love of singing. Rehearsals begin in September at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville.

The annual fee to join the chorus is $85. Those interested contact Tatiana at 250-586-6095.

For more information about VIO’s 2011 season visit www.vancouverislandopera.com.

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