The King of Comedy – L'Elisir d'Amore

Date: 2018.9.15 (Saturday)
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Fundação Rui Cunha
Speaker: Lo Kingman
Language: Cantonese

The L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love),  which is one of the most popular operatic comedies in the western opera history, actually came from the opera composer Gaetano Donizetti, who had took on the task at a critical moment. Aged only 34, the emerging composer finished the work in less than a month. Although it might not be, as legend had it, completed within eight days, this lighthearted, amusing opera with its mesmerising melody caught extensive attention overnight and has since enjoyed lasting popularity remaining a hit to this very day.

As a leading composer of bel canto operas along with Rossini and Bellini, Donizetti created a number of famous and beautiful arias for L'Elisir d'Amore, such as Una Furtive Lagrima and Quanto e' bella, quanto e' cara, that utterly captured the sweetness and bitterness of love. The speaker will lead the audience into the wonderful thoughts on the music of the opera while listening to it, telling the fascinating operatic story and talking about how the composer created the classic piece for a better appreciation of the appealing L'Elisir d'Amore.

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Speaker: Lo Kingman

Returning from Italy where he worked at the Opera of Rome and the Morlacchi Theatre of Perugia in the 1960s, Lo King-man has since written, directed and designed over 200 stage productions ranging from opera, drama, dance to musical theatre with performances in Asia, Europe and America. Over the years, he has made significant contributions not only in the performing arts but also in the fields of higher education and public service. He was Director of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 1993 to 2004 and Principal of the Canton International Summer Music Academy from 2004 to 2009. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours from international academic and arts institutions as well as from governments of Hong Kong S.A.R., UK, Italy and France. In 2008, he participated in the creation of Musica Viva, an organization dedicated to nurturing young artists and extending their performing opportunities in operas and concerts.


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