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The Pacific Symphony Presents THE MAGIC POTION Today

The Pacific Symphony Presents THE MAGIC POTION Today

Donizetti's classically humorous opera, "The Elixir of Love," is brought to life in Pacific Symphony's special adaptation for kids, "The Magic Potion," designed to give children and their families a positive and entertaining introduction to the world of opera. Along with the most captivating arias, sung in English, this 45-minute performance includes original narration and dialogue intended to acquaint children with the first and most natural instrument a person can possess-the exquisite and powerful voice! Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, "The Magic Potion" sends the audience on a hilarious journey with circus clowns, jugglers, a lion tamer, magicians and a magic potion, of course! Guests watch in anticipation as they wait to see if this magical elixir is, in fact, a concoction of wonder or just a silly trick.

Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank and underwritten by the Honorable H. Warren and Janet Siegel, "The Magic Potion" takes place today, Jan. 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $19-39 and include a Musical Carnival before or after the show (details below). For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

"Children and families will enjoy the story, the music and the setting we are using to deliver this opera and the comic elements in it," explains Maestro Gutiérrez. "I think they will most enjoy the live singing-the beautiful, different voices of our talented singers and the wonderful melodies of Donizetti's music; also, the fresh and authentic staging by our stage director Peter Atherton, and the always marvelous sound and interpretations that Pacific Symphony delivers."

"The Magic Potion" is the result of a partnership with Chapman University. The ensemble cast and understudies are current students at Chapman. The cast also includes Symphony-favorite and seasoned professional David Stoneman, who is an alumni of Chapman University. Opera Chapman's Director Peter Atherton is the director and script writer. Three of the leads are also played by Chapman music students Kevin Gino, tenor; Emily Dyer, soprano; and Daniel Emmet, baritone, who have the opportunity to sing the arias "Una Furtiva Lagrima," "Prendi, per me sei Libero" and "Come Paride Vezzoso," respectively, with a full orchestra in front of a live audience. The performance also includes Chapman student Natalie Uranga, soprano (who played a role in last season's "The Magic Flute"). Laure Dike, who designs costumes for Chapman, designed both costumes and props for "The Magic Potion," and pianist and music director for Opera Chapman Cheryl Lin Fielding serves as the rehearsal accompanist.

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