What did you think of the live cinema relay of Laurent Pelly's Royal Opera production of Donizetti's comedy?
Village boy Nemorino is besotted with the wealthy Adina. She rejects his declarations of love – but fortunately the quack Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ‘love potion’ to help him win her heart.
L’elisir d’amore is one of the most loved of all Donizetti’s operas. It combines touching romance and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including Nemorino’s enchanting aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The opera’s premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. Donizetti deftly brings his characters alive with a sparkling score: Nemorino’s love for Adina is expressed through lyrical arias; Adina’s animated, flamboyant style softens as her feelings towards Nemorino begin to change – and all the while Dulcamara, irrepressible showman that he is, endlessly chatters away.
Associate costume designer
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- The Royal Opera
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Backstage films from the live relay of L'elisir d'amore, including Bryn Terfel on why it may be the best opera ever written.
Laurent Pelly’s Royal Opera production stars Bryn Terfel, Vittorio Grigolo and Lucy Crowe.
To find out more visit the L'elisir d'amore (2014) production page.