The Elixir of Love

Gaetano Donizetti

In one of the most endearing Italian comic operas, a love-struck country bumpkin sets out to win a feisty socialite’s heart, aided by a “magic” potion (it’s wine!) and a doctor of dubious credentials. Donizetti’s light-hearted comedy bubbles with effervescent arias and charm as the elixir causes as many problems as it solves.

Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission. Late seating occurs 14 minutes into the opera.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

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  • Synopsis

    As workers rest in the shade, Nemorino secretly admires the beautiful Adina reading aloud from a book. She laughs over the story of Tristan who used a love potion to obtain the fair Isolde’s heart…

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  • Composer Biography

    With nearly 70 operas to his credit, Gaetano Donizetti was the leading Italian composer in the decade between Vincenzo Bellini’s death and the ascent of Giuseppe Verdi. Donizetti was born in the northern Italian city of Bergamo to an impoverished family. After showing some musical talent, he was enrolled in the town’s Lezioni Caritatevoli, where he had the good fortune to study with Giovanni Simone Mayr, maestro di cappella at Santa Maria Maggiore.

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