Orlando Opera Company
Dr. Dulcamara (Rod Nelman) arrives in the village and peddles a magic elixir to townsfolk
in the Orlando Opera Company’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore. Photo by Tony Firriolo
Bringing people to the opera is much easier than bringing opera to the people. Moving sets, orchestras, and large casts throughout the hinterland makes mounting a touring opera production a difficult proposition. The Orlando Opera Company, however, is dedicated to doing just that.
Since 1994, Orlando Opera has been on the Florida State Touring Program, through which the company has visited 39 of Florida’s 67 counties, bringing affordable presentations to audiences with limited exposure to live opera and musical theater, including those areas underserved by the arts. In FY 2006, Orlando Opera received an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant of $15,000 to support an expansion of its touring program.
The expansion included the addition of a full-scale production of L’Elisir d’Amore—previously produced for the company’s mainstage series—to its touring schedule. The company performed L’Elisir d’Amore for nearly 1,500 patrons at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
ABOVE: Dress rehearsal stills for the Orlando Opera production “Elixir of Love” taken at the Bob Carr Auditorium on 8 February 2006. Robert Swedberg – General Director – Orlando Opera, Frank McClain – Stage Director, Robin Stamper – Choir Master and Conductor.
Orlando Opera also added smaller scale productions, including in school performances, with piano accompaniment to its touring agenda. Suitable for all age groups, these productions included Introduction to Zarzuela; Opera Extravaganza, a revue of opera, operetta, and Broadway selections; a midsized production of The Marriage of Figaro; and an abridged version of Hansel and Gretel, which incorporated local teachers and students at each site into the performance. The in-school performances took place at 56 schools from September 2005 to May 2006 and benefited more than 17,000 students. Figaro toured to Vero Beach, Florida, for two performances in March 2006, which benefited 650 youth and adults.
SEE additional photos below under Attachments.
The Orlando Opera performed the opera Elixir of Love at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center on February 10, 12, and 14, 2006. The following are pages from the program identifying Board of Trustees, Executive Officers, artists, chorus, and production staff. The program includes a chronology the Orlando Opera repertory since 1958.