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Portland Opera goes for laughs with 'The Elixir of Love'

COURTESY PHOTO - Portland Opera To Go! will present The Elixir of Love, a tale of a young boy overcoming his shyness, on Feb. 27 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.Think opera is too long, stuffy and incomprehensible for children — or maybe even for you? Then you haven’t seen Portland Opera To Go!, the touring division of the Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach program.

POTG returns to Washington County with a classic opera tale and an engaging, fun, educational and affordable afternoon for the whole family.

This year’s offering is Gaetano Donizetti’s comedy, “The Elixir of Love,” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

The performance is geared toward all ages and is a condensed version of the longer classic opera, which follows the witty tale of Nemorino, a young, love-struck boy, and a magic elixir that will cure his shyness.

After the show, the performers will participate in a meet-and-greet with audience members.

This is the fourth year that the Portland Opera and Walters have joined forces to present an affordable and educational opera for the community. The show has reached capacity at every performance since 2011. First stop on the tour was in Lake Oswego Dec. 14, and the outreach program and touring cast will visit communities all over the region before wrapping up the tour in Portland on March 11. Children spanning 48 schools will be introduced to opera with this comedy directed and adapted by Kristin McIntyre.

Admission to the show is free, with a suggested donation of $5.