MIB Exclusive: Italian Opera Adventure With the Kids

Imagine taking your family to a sunny Italian hamlet that time forgot, far away from the midwinter blahs…without jet lag! All you need are tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago’s charming production of The Elixir of Love – available at special prices just for MakeItBetter readers!

Lyric is offering discounted Mib tickets for adults (25%+ savings) and children ($20 for ages 10+) for performances on Feb. 13 and 19 – in premium seating areas on the main floor of the Civic Opera House. You’ll see and hear this delightful romantic comedy up close and personal – while following the story with the projected English translations above the stage. (No need to bring an Italian-English dictionary!) Additionally, Mib ticket buyers will receive a special learning guide about the opera in advance (by email), prepared by Lyric’s education department.

Here’s the story: A country bumpkin, Nemorino, is hopelessly smitten with a pretty young landowner, Adina. She poo-poos his declarations that he would die for her love – she’s a flirty girl, still playing the field. When Nemorino hears Adina talk about a magical elixir that made Tristan and Isolde fall in love, he wonders where to find such a thing. Just then Dr. Dulcamara arrives in his festively painted wagon – pulled by a real horse!

When Nemorino begs him for a love potion, the wily huckster sells him a bottle of cheap wine, and promises that it will do the trick. (The poor guy probably can’t read the label – though it’s hard to believe an Italian wouldn’t recognize wine when he tasted it…but never mind!)

And indeed, the more “elixir” he drinks, the more Nemorino’s confidence grows. But he’s got a rival: the handsome Sergeant Belcore, and Adina’s ready to sign the marriage license. Does the elixir work? Will Nemorino get the girl? You’ll have to come to Lyric to find out what happens over the course of this day and night in the Italian countryside!

MIB specially priced performance dates:
Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Adults: $155 (regularly $194-207) for 1st 22 rows
$98 (regularly $123-136) for rows GG-MM
Children 10+: $20 for all seats

To reserve, go to www.lyricopera.org and enter Mib in the ‘Lyric Code’ field
Or call Shelley Cameron: 312-827-5613

To learn more about the opera, go to www.lyricopera.org >The Elixir of Love. Photos and video clips will be posted the final week of January.