May 26 & 27, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

At the Firehouse Stage Tent

May 26 & 27, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

At the Firehouse Stage Tent


Music by Gaetano Donizetti
In a New English Translation by Audrey Chait
A new brew for a new you.

A down-on-his-luck food cart vendor, hopelessly in love with the goal-oriented owner of a local brewery, acquires a wellness potion that gives him the courage to become his best self and win her heart. Complete with spiedies, beer, and baseball, this updated retelling of Donizetti’s classic is sure to charm any Binghamtonian.

With a new English adaptation by librettist Audrey Chait and directed by Frances Rabalais, our first in-person performance in over a year will be presented outdoors in the parking lot of the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in a large, ventilated, open-sided tent.

Click here for more information about safety measures.

Performance Information

Run Time

Approximately 90 minutes with a short intermission


Performed in English with English supertitles


The tent at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage


Tickets are sold as “pods” that can accommodate either two or four people in one party. All pods will be safely distanced from each other.

There are two sections for seating: Tent Interior and Tent Exterior. Tent Exterior seats are offered “rain or shine” and, due to the tent support structure, may have partially obstructed views.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Show begins at 7:00 PM. Get there early to grab a bite to eat!


May 26


May 27

Mon–Fri: 12pm–5pm


We are so pleased to collaborate with our friends at Food & Fire BBQ~Taphouse. From 6:00 PM onward, they will provide light fare and libations for purchase before The Elixir of Love.


Every seat comes with a limited edition Opera and Beer koozie for your drinking pleasure.


Erin Alcorn

TCO Resident Artist

Tshombe Selby
Robert Flora
Jenni Bank
Adina (Cover)
Hagar Adam
Adina (Cover)
Kelsey Watts

Creative Team

Audrey Chait
Music Director & Pianist
John Cockerill
Stage Director
Frances Rabalais

What to Expect

Your safety is our top priority!

Tri-Cities Opera is excited to welcome back our live audiences.  To ensure the health and safety of our staff, artists, and community, this outdoor experience was designed following the rules and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, and the Broome County Health Department.

Social Distancing

Tickets are sold as “pods” that can accommodate either two or four people in one party. All pods will be safely distanced from each other. Social distancing requirements must be followed at all times. All seating is assigned and seats may not be moved.

After the show, the audience will be dismissed one row at a time to limit traffic flow and ensure social distancing.

Face Coverings

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone will be required to wear a mask at all times, both inside and outside the tent, for the duration of the performance(s).* Masks must fully cover your nose and mouth and must fit snugly around your face. Any patron who refuses to wear a mask will be asked to leave. Click here for mask safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Performers will be unmasked for the performance and will remain at least 12 feet from the audience while unmasked.

*If you have a medical exemption that precludes you from wearing a mask, proper documentation from a licensed medical professional must be presented upon entry.

Wellness Screenings

Temperature checks will be conducted prior to entry. Any patron with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter. 

Patrons are asked to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry.

Reduced Contact

Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and print from home or bring an e-ticket on a mobile device to minimize contact.

Food & Beverage

Food and beverage will be available to purchase one hour before the start of the performance. Masks may be removed while consuming food and drink but must be worn at all other times.

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Erin Alcorn


2020–21 Resident Artist

2020/21 Season at TCO: Adina in The Elixir of Love; Francine in Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers; Semi-Finalist in TCO Next: A Virtual Vocal Competition; Miranda (stand-in) in Miranda: A Steampunk VR ExperienceCocoa & Carols

Hometown: Coppell, TX

Recently: Soprano soloist, Messiah (Pennsbury Community Chorus); Soloist, Historic St. George’s UMC Christmas Concert; Chorus member, The Love of Three Oranges (Opera Philadelphia)

Last updated May 2021

Tshombe Selby


2020/21 Season at TCO: Nemorino in Opera and Beer! The Elixir of Love (2021)

Hometown: Manteo, NC

Recently: Il Podestà, La finta giardiniera (Binghamton University); Chorus, Porgy and Bess (The Metropolitan Opera); Chorus, Götterdämmerung (The Metropolitan Opera); Alfredo, La traviata (Elizabeth R & Company)

Upcoming: Chorus, Fire Shut Up in My Bones (The Metropolitan Opera)

Last updated May 2021

Robert Flora


2020/21 Season at TCO: Belcore in The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Owings, MD

Recently: Peter, Hansel and Gretel (Binghamton University); Nardo, La finta giardiniera (Binghamton University); Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro (Mansfield University); Papageno, Die Zauberflöte (Mansfield University)

Last updated May 2021

Jenni Bank


2020/21 Season at TCO: Dr. Dulcamara in Opera and Beer! The Elixir of Love (2021)

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

TCO Debut: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2015)

Recently: Gertrude, Hänsel und Gretel (Cape Town Opera)*; Marquise de Birkenfeld, The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera Orlando)*; Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro (Hawaii Opera Theatre); The Mother, The Consul (Baltimore Concert Opera)

*cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19

Upcoming: Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance (Anchorage Opera); Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin (Opera Omaha)

Last updated May 2021

Hagar Adam


MM Opera Candidate, Binghamton University

2020/21 Season at TCO: Adina (Cover) in Opera and Beer! The Elixir of Love; Cocoa and Carols

Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel-Palestine

Recently: Arminda, La finta giardiniera (Binghamton University); Pamina, The Magic Flute (Manhattan Opera Studio)*; Suor Dolcina, Suor Angelica (IVAI Tel Aviv)

*canceled due to COVID-19

Last updated May 2021

Kelsey Watts


2020/21 Season at TCO: Cocoa & Carols; Adina (Cover) in Opera and Beer! The Elixir of Love

Hometown: New York, NY

Recently: Sandrina, La finta giardiniera (Binghamton University); Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas (Binghamton University); Gretel, Hansel and Gretel (Binghamton University); Olympia, Pinnochio (Binghamton University)

Upcoming: Soloist in Delaware Valley Opera’s summer concert series

Last updated May 2021