"Elixir of Love" is very relevant to these times when it’s so easy to swipe right and find somebody these days," says Sarah Shafer with a laugh. "It would appeal to modern audiences because this subject matter is on a lot of people’s minds. What’s the advantage of a lasting relationship or being committed as opposed to being free and not giving your heart to anyone?"
The Philadelphia-based singer is quickly becoming one of opera’s most sought-after sopranos. Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, she’s performed multiple roles with the San Francisco Opera, taken the stage at Carnegie Hall as a soloist and is a part of the Emerging Artist program with Opera Philadelphia.
Tonight, she takes the stage as Adina in “Elixir of Love,” which runs through May 8 at the Academy of Music. We got the chance to chat with Shafer backstage about modern love, living in Philly, and why opera isn’t just for seniors and the wealthy.