Sugar Creek Artists
L'elisir d'amore Cast | Video | Photos
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti | Performed at Sugar Creek: Aug. 1-3, 2008

Our Cast

Lynette Tapia Adina
Lynette Tapia
Scott Ramsay Nemorino
Scott Ramsay
Carlos Archuleta Belcore
Carlos Archuleta
Scott Robinson Dr. Dulcamara
Todd Robinson
Sarah Fox Giannetta
Sarah Fox
Tomer Zvulun Stage Director
Tomer Zvulun
James Lowe Conductor
James Lowe
Helen Todd

General Director
Helen Todd

We staged our production of L'elisir d'amore in a frontier town of late 1800s America. Director Tomer Zvulun combined our singer's polished voices with elements of slapstick comedy, especially in the characters of Belcore, his regiment and Dr. Dulcamara. The festival's apprentice program performed in the chorus, as well as doing a scenes program during the Cherry Street Art Fest.

Our Cast

Helen ToddHELEN TODD (General Director)
Ms. Todd has developed an international reputation performing twenthieth century music. Ms. Todd’s recent performances as Madame Mao in Nixon in China with Minnesota Opera caused quite a stir. The Pioneer Press wrote that “the energy in the Ordway spikes when Helen Todd takes the stage as Mao’s wife, Chiang Ch’ing. There are no bad voices in the company, but when Todd’s crystalline soprano rips into a politically charged aria, it’s like she’s grabbing each individual in the audience by the shoulders and giving them a good shake.” In 2003, Ms. Todd earned national media attention in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today for her portrayal of Aunt Lydia in Minnesota Opera’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Ms. Todd performed the role again in the Canadian premiere at Canadian Opera Company in Toronto in 2004. The National Post of Canada wrote that “Ruders has placed Aunt Lydia . . . in a long line of hysterical, sexually repressed operatic women who sing the glass-shattering range of the Queen of the Night. Helen Todd did a superb job, her eyes gleaming with a fanaticism that was truly scary.”

xJAMES LOWE (Conductor)
James Lowe is a versatile conductor and pianist who has performed across North America and Europe in virtually every musical style, ranging from classical music and opera to the avant-garde; from musical theater and jazz to rock, blues, and country. He is currently the music director and conductor for the U.S. National Tour of Cameron Mackintosh and Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed West End production of My Fair Lady, and he recently conducted the First National Tour of Adam Guettel’s Tony Award–winning musical, The Light in the Piazza. For several seasons he was associate conductor at Houston Grand Opera, where he conducted and orchestrated a portion of the fiftieth anniversary gala concert with Sir Elton John. He conducted the 2003 world premiere and the 2004 revival of The Little Prince, an opera by Academy Award–winning composer Rachel Portman. At HGO he has also led Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair, and the HGO Studio production of Copland’s The Tender Land.

ZvulunTOMER ZVULUN (Stage Director)
Israeli-born Tomer Zvulun is currently on the directing staffs of the Metropolitan Opera (Iphigenie en Tauride) and New York City Opera (King Arthur and Falstaff). Those positions follow two consecutive seasons as a resident stage director for Seattle Opera. In addition to his work in New York and Seattle, recent career highlights include directing La bohème for Opera Cleveland, Hänsel and Gretel for Nashville Opera Tour, The Marriage of Figaro and Hänsel and Gretel for Chattanooga Opera, and the alternative casts for Seattle Opera's productions of Der Fliegende Holländer and Der Rosenkavalier. In 2008-2009 Mr. Zvulun will direct Der Fliegende Holländer in Atlanta and Die Fledermaus at Dallas Opera, as well as a new production of Elixir of Love for Sugar Creek Symphony & Song. He will also return to the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera to work on the new productions of La Rondine and Lucia di Lammermoor. Additional future engagements include returning to Opera Cleveland in spring 2010, returning to Seattle Opera as an associate director for Wagner's complete Ring Cycle in 2009, and directing a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor to open the 2011 season in Seattle.

Bolivian-American soprano Lynette Tapia is consistently acclaimed for her “canary” embellishments and “crystalline coloratura” passages by journalists worldwide. Of a recent performance in Les dialogues des Carmelites, the Denver Post says “Tapia’s voice is one that I shall remember in this opera for its sparkle and clarity.” She was a 1996 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. After winning first place as well as the prix de la publique in the Operalia Concours International de Voix d’Opera Placido Domingo, Ms. Tapia made her European debut singing the title role in Lakmé for the Grand Theatre Municipal de Bordeaux. In the U.S. and abroad, she enjoys relationships with opera companies and orchestras including Los Angeles Opera, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera, Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Orchestra of New York, Dallas Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonic, and the Musikverein in Vienna, among others.

RamsaySCOTT RAMSAY (Nemorino)
The voice of American tenor Scott Ramsay has been attracting international attention from endorsements made by The Irish Times for his recent European debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dublin International Opera Festival, and by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, who praised his Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall in March 2008, declaring his “bright-voiced tenor . . . impressive.” Earning great respect as a leading tenor on North American stages and abroad, his repertoire encompasses a broad range of roles from Baroque and bel canto to twentieth-century opera. Mr. Ramsay’s 2008–09 season features Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Berkshire Choral Festival, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Grand Rapids, the Messiah with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Syracuse Opera, and the Painter and Black Man in a new Paul Curran production of Lulu conducted by Sir Andrew Davis at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a role he will repeat abroad in 2011.

A Native New Mexican, Carlos is one of the most promising young baritones in the operatic world of today, known as an exciting performer full of fire and energy. His repertoire ranges from the vibrant and virtuosic Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the melodic and beautiful lines of Rodrigue in Verdi’s Don Carlos to the new works of contemporary composers, such as Adams and Adamo. Most recent engagements include Count di Luna in Il trovatore and Nogales in Luisa Fernanda, both with the Washington National Opera; Uncle Salvaor in De Falla’s La vida breve with Dallas Opera; Escamillo in Carmen at Dayton Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Nixon in China with Minnesota Opera; Agamemnon cover in La Belle Helene and the role of Accuser in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao at Santa Fe Opera; and the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Roanoke and Lyric Opera of San Antonio.

RobinsonTODD ROBINSON (Dr. Dulamara)
Career highlights have included Oroveso in Norma and Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Virginia Opera; the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara; Méphistophélès in Faust, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with Tri-Cities Opera; Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Dr. Grenville in La traviata, First Soldier in Salomé, and Second Guard in Dead Man Walking with Opera Pacific; Leporello in Don Giovanni with West Bay Opera and Tri-Cities Opera; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with West Bay Opera; Leone in Attila and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Sarasota Opera; and Bartolo/Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro with Syracuse Opera.

FoxSARAH FOX (Giannetta)
Recently, Ms. Fox performed the role of Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Indiana University Opera Theater. Ms. Fox’s other roles include Susanna from The Marriage of Figaro, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Gheradino in Gianni Schicchi and Johanna in Sweeney Todd, all at the DePauw Opera Theater, where she received her bachelor’s of music in voice performance. Currently, Ms. Fox is a graduate student in voice at Indiana University where she is pursuing her master’s of music degree in voice performance. She is the Kohlmeier Scholarship winner at Indiana University. She was also a national finalist in the MTNA Vocal Competition and the first place winner in the NATS State Competition in Evansville, Indiana.


Photos from Our Production of L'elisir d'amore

Videos from Our Production of L'elisir d'amore

The chorus with Lynette Tapia as Adina and Scott Ramsay as Temorino

"Quanto é bella" with Scott Ramsay as Temorino

"Leggi, leggi" with Lynette Tapia as Adina

Belcore's entrance with Carlos Archuleta as Belcore and Lynette Tapia as Adina

Trio with Scott Ramsay as Temorino, Lynette Tapia as Adina and Carlos Archuleta as Belcore

Dr. Dulcamara's entrance with Todd Robinson as Dulcamara

Nemorino purchases the elixir from Dr. Dulcamara, in his hopes to win over the lovely Adina.

"La la la" with Scott Ramsay as Nemorino

Duet between Adina and Nemorino with Scott Ramsay and Lynette Tapia

Nemorino sings mournfully to Adina with Scott Ramsay, Lynette Tapia and Carlos Archuleta