The Israel Opera has a proud history of outreach through community-based opera productions in which professional singers take the principal roles and people from the neighborhood, the rest. The IO has already done Donizetti's The Elixir of Love in this fashion - it was last in Tiberias - and has also staged a Carmen whose characters were transported to south Tel Aviv. This time, with the Acre municipality's support, Elixir is being done in Acre and all kinds of community groups from pensioners to youth are taking part.
The story is perfectly suited in that its heroes are ordinary people. Naive Nemorino is in love with pretty Adina, but she doesn't want to know. He buys a love potion from wily Dulcamara butâ€¦ oh well, you know how these things go - he gets the girl in the end, but there are a lot of comical twists and turn along the way.
Performances will be at the Acre Auditorium on November 11 and 12 as well as on December 5 and 6.
Another IO event is the single performance on December 22 of Bach's Christmas Oratorio conducted by Riccardo Chailly, with the La Scintilla orchestra of Zurich playing on early instruments, and the Dresden Chamber Choir. It should be luscious for Bach lovers.