FRANCESCO MELI PERFORMER OF NEMORINO IN L’ELISIR D’AMORE

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by OPERA CHARM TEAM
February 27, 2024

Teatro Regio di Parma

MAR | 15, 17, 22, 24

L'elisir d'amore
Melodramma giocoso in two acts to a libretto by Felice Romani.

Music |GAETANO DONIZETTI
Adina | NINA MINASYAN
Nemorino | FRANCESCO MELI
Belcore | LODOVICO FILIPPO RAVIZZA
Doctor Dulcamara | ROBERTO DE CANDIA
Giannetta | YULIA TKACHENKO
Conductor | SESTO QUATRINI
Director | DANIELE MENGHINI
Chorus Master | MARTINO FAGGIANI
Sets | DAVIDE SIGNORINI
Costumes | NIKA CAMPISI
Lights | GIANNI BERTOLI
Puppets | I BURATTINI DEI FERRARI

Orchestra | TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA 
Choir | TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA

New production by the Teatro Regio di Parma
In co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino

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INTERVIEW

The Teatro Regio di Parma announces that the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, due to make its debut on 15 March, will be sung by Francesco Meli, whom the Teatro Regio thanks for his prompt availability. In agreement with the Theatre, John Osborn will not take part in the production due to an unforeseen commitment.

L’elisir d’amore, a melodramma giocoso in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti to a libretto by Felice Romani debuts on Friday 15 March 2024, 8.00 p.m. (performances on Sunday 17, Friday 22 March, 8.00 p.m., Sunday 24 March 2024, 3.30 p.m.). Daniele Menghini signs the direction of this new production of the Teatro Regio di Parma, in co-production with the Teatro Regio di Torino, with scenes by Davide Signorini, costumes by Nika Campisi, lights by Gianni Bertoli and with I burattini dei Ferrari.
Sesto Quatrini conducts the opera, on the podium the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma, choirmaster Martino Faggiani.
The cast includes Nina Minasyan (Adina, for the first time in Parma), Francesco Meli (Nemorino), Lodovico Filippo Ravizza (Belcore, for the first time in Parma), Roberto de Candia (Il dottore Dulcamara), Yulia Tkachenko (Giannetta).

Based on the drama Le philtre by contemporary Eugène Scribe, composed in only fourteen days, the opera was performed on 12 May 1832 in Milan, with a success that earned it more than thirty consecutive performances. The melodic inventiveness, the strong characterisation of the characters, a lightness veiled by melancholic and at times elegiac accents make this opera one of the best-loved in the 19th-century repertoire, straddling the Italian opera buffa, of which it retains the most brilliant traits, and a more appropriately romantic taste.

BOX OFFICE OF THE TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA
Tickets from 10 to 110 euros; reductions under 30 from 10 to 55 euros
Teatro Regio di Parma Box Office Strada Giuseppe Garibaldi, 16/A 43121 Parma Tel. +39 0521 203999 biglietteria@teatroregioparma.it
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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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