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A Tale of Two Elixirs

Knoxville Opera continues its season this weekend with Donizetti's comic masterpiece The Elixir of Love (L'Elisir d'amore) at the Tennessee Theatre on Friday evening and a Sunday matinee. Tickets.

In the cast are soprano Stefania Dovhan (Adina) and tenor Joshua Kohl (Nemorino). Doctor Dulcamara, a patent medicine peddler, is being sung by Rod Nelman, with the villain-ish Belcore being sung by Sean Anderson. Check out my preview in this week's Metro Pulse.

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Pictured: Stefania Dovhan and Joshua Kohl

Quite coincidentally, former Knoxvillian (and operatic bass) Kevin Burdette can also be seen and heard in a production of Elixir this weekend as Doctor Dulcamara, this one at San Diego Opera. Burdette last appeared with Knoxville Opera as Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). 

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Bass Kevin Burdette

From Burdette's bio page:

His 2013-14 engagements currently include his return to the Metropolitan Opera in Shostakovich's The Nose; as soloist in Messiah with Seattle Symphony and with the Duke Chapel Choir; Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Portland Opera; Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Opera Memphis; and Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Grand Rapids. In summer 2013, he returned to Santa Fe Opera as Général Boum in La grande duchesse de Gérolstein, and as Justice Wills and Henry B. Isaacson in the world premiere of Morrison's Oscar. In the 2012-13 season he reprised the role of Stefano in Adès' The Tempest with the Metropolitan Opera; sang as the Doktor in Wozzeck with the Philharmonia Orchestra, under Esa-Pekka Salonen; as Sulpice in La fille du régiment with San Diego Opera; as the Viceroy (Don Andres de Ribeira) in Offenbach's La Périchole with New York City Opera; and was bass soloist in Messiah with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.



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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.