Notary - Assistant Director
Robert Pierce is entering his seventh year of involvement with Opera Western Reserve and his third year as the company's Educational Outreach Director. In addition to directing and performing in past Young Artist productions of La Bohéme, Don Giovanni, The Three Little Pigs, and The Impresario, he has sung roles in past mainstage productions of La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, Tosca, and La Traviata. A native of the Cleveland area, Robert is an experienced performer of opera and musical theater on local stages, such as Cleveland Opera Theater, Valley Lyric Opera, Great Lakes Light Opera, Nightingale Opera Theater, Lakeland Civic Theater, Beck Center for the Arts, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Opera credits include Tosca, The Apothecary, Ariadne auf Naxos, Street Scene, La Rondine, La Vida Breve, The Pirates of Penzance, and Madame Butterfly. Musical theater credits include Violet, Sunday in the Park with George, Mary Poppins, Jerry Springer: The Opera, She Loves Me, and Kiss Me, Kate. Robert received degrees in vocal performance from Otterbein University and Cleveland Institute of Music..
The Elixir of Love, one of Donizetti’s most popular operas, includ- ing The Daughter of the Regiment, Don Pasquale and Lucia di Lammermoor (which will have its first Opera Western Reserve production in November 2017) "Elixir" was written when he was thirty four years old. It was the fortieth of the seventy operas which are credited to his name, an impressive record for a man who died at the relatively young age of 51. It has been a favorite of many of opera's brightest stars including Enrico Caruso, Luci- anno Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, Roberta Peters, Joan Southerland, and, most recently Anna Netrebko. The opera is a romantic comedy concerning the poor farm boy, Nemorino, who is in love with the beautiful, but unresponsive, Adina, a local landowner. She seems to be bedazzled by the dash- ing and boastful Sgt. Belcore much to Nemorino’s chagrin. A trav- eling medicine showman, the illustrious Dr. Dulcamara arrives touting his medicine, which he proclaims is the cure for all ills. Nemorino asks him if he has the magic elixir that made the mythi- cal Isolda fall in love with Tristan at first sight. The doctor said, “Of course, I do!” and concocts one on the spot. Will this magic elixir work before the wedding of Adina with Sgt. Belcore? Is it the reason all the girls in town suddenly find him irresistible? Is Dr. Dulcamara truly a magician of medicine? Opera Western Reserve is delighted that Ballet Western Reserve, and its Artistic Director/Choreographer, Staś Kmieć, and his dancers will be joining us again for this production .