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Watch: Laurent Pelly on L'elisir d’amore

The director discusses the inspiration behind his production and the power of Donizetti’s music.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

22 October 2012 at 5.37pm | Comment on this article

Laurent Pelly’s warm-hearted production of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore returns to The Royal Opera on 13 November.

A playful romance, and one of the most performed of all Donizetti’s works, the opera is set amongst the hay bales and mopeds of rural Italy.

Ahead of opening night, we caught up with the director to find out why he loves Donizetti’s touching tale, how he works with regular collaborator Chantal Thomas, and what inspired the production.

This season the role of Nemorino, the loveable peasant who is besotted with the beautiful Adina, will be sung by star tenor Robert Alagna, who first performed the role in 1992. Watch an interview with Roberto discussing his return to the role.


Laurent Pelly is behind some of the best-loved productions in the Royal Opera House repertory, including La Fille du régiment. His latest production for The Royal Opera, Robert le diable, opens on 6 December. Though a classic of French grand opera, it has not been staged at Covent Garden since 1890. The production, also designed by Chantal Thomas, is set in medieval France. Find out more about Robert le diable‘s set design.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

22 October 2012 at 5.37pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Laurent Pelly, chantal thomas, director, French, Gaetano Donizetti, interview, L'Elisir d'amore, Production, The Royal Opera

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