NWSA presents Donizetti’s popular opera L’elisir d’amore at the Historic Lyric Theater

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Student cast of L'elisir d'amore pictured before performance.The New World Opera Theatre Ensemble will present L’elisir d’more, the most popular of Gaetano Donizetti’s operas, which is frequently performed professionally as well as in college productions. The timeless melodrama contains one of the most famous and captivating tenor arias, “Una furtive lagrima”. The beautiful tunes come one after another throughout this opera, which contains both sharp comedy and heartfelt pathos.
“The New World production is honored to feature a special guest director and singer, Ardean Landhuis, who has a vast resume as a performer and designer,” said Daniel Andai, NWSA dean of music. “Ardean will direct an updated version of the opera and sing the pivotal of Doctor Dulcamara, the traveling salesman.”
L’elisir d’more takes place at the Miami Lyric Theater on April 9 at 7:30 PM and April 10 at 2:00 PM. The theater is located at 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136. General admission is $10 / Students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
The show takes place in a New England fishing village in 1943. It is the time just after the Great Depression andjust before World War 2. The story is a love triangle between a single woman who owns the local fishing fleet, a young fisherman, & a Navy officer. The magical elixir is in reality Bordeaux wine. But a traveling salesman convinces the young fisherman that this elixir will help him win over his secret crush, on the woman, who is essentially his boss.
The Opera Theatre Ensemble of New World is a select group of undergraduate students, who were chosen for this performance program based on their potential to become successful professional performers. New World is one of the only colleges in Miami that casts productions exclusively from its undergraduate students, offering them the unique opportunity to perform on stage with sets, costumes, and a full orchestra. NWSA presents a fully staged opera each year, in addition to opera scenes, concerts, and recitals. Because of these special performances, NWSAstudents graduate with the ability to compete for graduate study scholarships and young artist programs, making this an invaluable learning experience.
At New World School of the Arts, music students receive one-on-one instruction from accomplished musicians and grow throughdisciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art and Design, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in music include: composition, performance, instrumental, piano, strings and voice.
Alfred Gershfeld holds advanced degrees in conducting and violin performance from the Kishnev and Moscow Conservatories in the former Soviet Union. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Maestro Gershfeld was conductor of the Moldavian Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Moscow Bolshoi Theater. In 1977 he was elected Honored Artist of the Moldavian Republic. He has returned frequently to Moscow to conduct. Currently Alfred Gershfeld serves as Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. He has appeared as guest conductor in many cities and universities throughout the United States and Europe. He has conducted several performances of Russian opera for the Sarasota Opera Association. He is the composer of the children’s opera “Karlson on the Roof” which received its U.S. premiere performance at the Sarasota Opera House. Gershfeld is also the Director of the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus, has been the Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Community Orchestra since 2009, and has served as Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfoniettarr. He has appeared as guest conductor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, the New York Music Festival, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Eastman School of Music, the Miami City Ballet, and the Naples Philharmonic.
Rodney Miller holds a Bachelor of Music from Birmingham- Southern College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Illinois, where he was a Creative and Performing Arts Fellow. Additionally, he was a member of the American Opera Center at Juilliard School of Music. Performing internationally in venues that include: the Munich Philharmonic, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, and Belles Artes in Mexico City. Mr. Miller’s repertoire ranged from baroque to contemporary. In the U.S., notable performances included: The National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Orchestra, Denver Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, Wolf Trap, Tanglewood, Boston Opera, and Hawaii Opera. He has performed 45 leading operatic roles and more than 50 concert and oratorio works. His recordings include Shostakovich Songs From Jewish Poetry with I usici de Montreal on Chandos Records, Con Flor y Canto by Rodriquez, and Lohengrin. Mr. Miller has forty years of teaching experience and his students have performed with numerous prestigious organizations worldwide.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools,Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For tickets and information, visit http://nwsa.mdc.edu or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-3622.