Ward Stare began his operatic career at age 18 as a trombonist for the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. Now he’s conducting the Washington National Opera production of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. The conductor shared his favorite moments in this highly entertaining opera with Classical WETA’s Nicole Lacroix. From deliriously tipsy episodes to ecstatic love scenes, “this opera has it all,” says Maestro Stare. The Elixir of Love runs March 20-29 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.
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