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by Gaetano Donizetti

Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize

Daniel Ellis (director), Jaime Mejia (set/projection designer), Angela M. Kahler (costume designer), and Cheri Prough DeVol (lighting designer) are 2021 recipients of OPERA America’s Robert L. B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize, generously funded by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

OPERA America’s Robert L. B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize recognizes promising stage directors and designers for their ingenuity in bringing operatic works to life for contemporary audiences. Funding for this program is provided by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Daniel Ellis

Set/Projection Designer

Jaime Mejia

Costume Designer
Angela M. Kahler

Lighting Designer

Cheri Prough DeVol

Albert Lasker’s 1916 “Drink an orange!” campaign saved the dying orange industry using marketing tactics paralleled in L’elisir d’amore: Charismatic charlatans sow self-doubt and social insecurity while peddling products that engineer self-confidence and consumer dependency. Donizetti’s romantic opera puts a comedic spin on these serious themes, exploring how the naive are influenced by the self-serving.