Anthony Kearns Stars in Donizetti's ELIXIR OF LOVE, Opening Tonight at Gulfshore Opera

Anthony Kearns Stars in Donizetti's ELIXIR OF LOVE, Opening Tonight at Gulfshore OperaWorld renowned tenor Anthony Kearns will make his debut in the tenor role of "Nemorino" in Gulfshore Opera's new production of Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, L'Elisir d'amore, opening tonight.

The fully-staged opera ("Elixir of Love") will be performed in two acts at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. and at the Gulfshore Opera on April 21, 2016 at 8 p.m. with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. For tickets, go to www.gulfshoreopera.org/elixir.

Said Steffanie Pearce, Gulfshore Opera's general and artistic director, "It's a pleasure to work once again with the great tenor, Anthony Kearns. His voice is extraordinary, and what he brings to the stage can only be described as pure magic."

Pearce said Donizetti's beloved comedy brings to life the enduring story of "Nemorino," a poor villager in search of a magic potion to capture the heart of the unattainable Adina. Nemorino soon falls prey to the schemes of a quack doctor who sells him a potion to make his dreams of love come true.

"Anthony Kearns is perfect for this role, not only because of his rich, remarkable and powerful voice, but because he evokes an empathy for Nemorino that will surely win the hearts of our audience," she said.

"I'm delighted to be a part of this production of L'Elisir d'amore - an opera that is fast-paced, full of energy and life, and tugs at the heart with its beautiful music," said Mr. Kearns.

"The opera's premiere in Milan on May 12, 1832, was a triumph for Donizetti and secured his place as one of the leading Italian composers of his day. He was a master at combining plot, comedy and music. A perfect example is the heart-rendering aria, 'Una furtiva lagrima.' It's a classic tale, and I am looking forward to singing this role," he said.

L'Elisir d'amore has remained continually in the international opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed of all of Donizetti's operas. Kearns previously worked with Ms. Pearce in her role as general director of Opera Naples. Kearns will perform alongside award-winning South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana and American soprano Danielle Talamantes. Ryan McAdams, a rising star on the conducting stage, will be the evening's conductor.