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GAETANO DONIZETTI, L’ELISIR D’AMORE



Venice: La Fenice Opera House

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza

Director: Bepi Morassi

Sets & Costumes: Gianmaurizio Fercioni

Light Designer: Vilmo Furian

running time: 2h35'
Act 1: 1h10'
interval: 0h25'
Act 2: 1h0'

Dates and times

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Date

Time

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fri

2018-04-20

19:00

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sat

2018-04-28

15:30

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sun

2018-05-06

15:30

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sat

2018-05-12

19:00

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fri

2018-05-18

19:00

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wed

2018-05-23

19:00

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fri

2018-05-25

19:00

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sun

2018-05-27

15:30

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tue

2018-05-29

19:00

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thu

2018-05-31

19:00

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sun

2018-06-03

15:30

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tue

2018-06-05

19:00

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cast

Adina Irina Dubrovskaya
Dulcamara Carlo Lepore
Belcore Marco Filippo Romano

Conductor | Riccardo Frizza
Director | Bepi Morassi
Sets & Costumes | Gianmaurizio Fercioni
light designer | Vilmo Furian

La Fenice Opera Hoiuse Choir & Orchestra
Chorus Master | Claudio Marino Moretti

La Fenice Opera House production

italian and english surtitles








The story
Nemorino, a naive village boy, is besotted with Adina, a farm owner. She rejects his declarations of love. Fortunately, 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 boastful Sergeant Belcore. But she finally realizes she cares for Nemorino and admits her love. All rejoice – Dulcamara most of all, as he celebrates the proven power of his potion.

Background
L’elisir d’amore is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti’s operas. It combines a touching love story and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including the much-loved 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.
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. 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 endlessly chatters away with irrepressible self-belief.