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L'elisir d'amore (2014)

Recorded | Opera

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes

L'elisir d'amore (2014)

Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s opera radiates tenderness, humour and southern sunshine, starring Vittorio Grigolo, Lucy Crowe and Bryn Terfel.

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The story

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.

Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara’s potion (nothing more magical than red wine) and agrees to marry the arrogant Sergeant Belcore. Luckily, at the last moment she realizes she really does love Nemorino. All rejoice – Dulcamara most of all, as he celebrates his potion’s proven power.

Background

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.

The Royal Opera’s charming production is set in the sun-drenched countryside of 1950s Italy, complete with haystacks, Vespas and even a stray dog. It is injected with lively, visual humour – from Nemorino’s tipsy clowning to Dulcamara’s lumbering truck from which he sells his quack remedies.

Credits

Music
Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto
Felice Romani
Director
Laurent Pelly
Set designer
Chantal Thomas
Costume designer
Laurent Pelly
Associate costume designer
Donate Marchand
Lighting designer
Joël Adam
Performed by
The Royal Opera

Performers

Conductor
Daniele Rustioni
Adina
Lucy Crowe
Nemorino
Vittorio Grigòlo
Dulcamara
Bryn Terfel
Belcore
Levente Molnár
Giannetta
Kiandra Howarth
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

L'elisir d'amore Digital Programme

L'elisir d'amore Digital Programme
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Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

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