Fri April 24, 2009
A Chat with Tulsa Opera's Guest Conductor, Joseph Mechavich.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On StudioTulsa today, we visit with Joseph Mechavich. He's the Guest Conductor for Tulsa Opera's new production of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"), which will be staged at the Tulsa PAC on April 25th, May 1st, and May 3rd. Mechavich continues to enjoy an active career in music, working with the New York City Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Kentucky Opera, Opera Birmingham, Utah Opera, and others. As he tells our host Rich Fisher, he greatly appreciates this particular Donizetti opera for how it so perfectly demonstrates the bel canto singing style. (By the way, Tulsa Opera's website offers the following summary of this work: "Shy Nemorino has no chance with popular Adina. Especially now that dashing officer Belcore arrived in town! Things change however when Doctor Dulcamara, with his magic potions, brings the village under his spell. In the end they all raise a toast to love, friendship, and laughter, in Gaetano Donizetti's effervescent comedy, bathed in the Mediterranean sun. And everyone is bound to recognize the sweet and melancholy melody of Nemorino's aria, made famous by Luciano Pavarotti. 'L'Elisir d'Amore' is sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.")