November 24 –January 17

L'elisir d'Amore

In love with the teacher

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In L’Elisir d’Amore we find a combination of moving romance, slapstick humour and intensely beautiful music. The most loved opera from the Italian composer Donizette really warms the heart. It is a story of love – and alcohol’s – wonderful intoxication.

A recipe for love

Director Oliver Mears lets this comedy of intrigues develop in a British college during the 1970s.

The slightly nerdy student Nemorino falls head over heels for the young teacher Adina, as she reads Tristan and Isolde to the class, and about the love potion which brings them together. But it appears that Nemorino’s case is hopeless, particularly when Belcore appears, with the aim of recruiting healthy young bodies to service. Adina seems only to be interested in the macho sergeant. This is when the quack, Dulcamara appears and suggests a quick fix in the the form of a love potion. Is this the reason for Nemorino’s sudden popularity with the girls? And will he win the heart of Adina before it is too late? Or rather, is it her who will win him?

A bubbly opera

Gaetano Donizetti lived during the first part of the 1800s and, together with Rossini and Bellini, is known as a representative of the canto style. Bel canto taken literally means “beautiful song” in Italian, but is also used to describe a period of operatic history and a particular way of using the voice. This really allows the singers to demonstrate the range of their skills and bubbling melodies. If you have seen Bellini’s Norma, or Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the National Opera in spring 2017, you will know what we are talking about.

It took Donizetti less than six weeks to write L’Elisir d’Amore, and the story reflects his own life: Like Nemorino, Donizetti escaped military service because a wealthy lady bought him out. The opera premièred in Milan in 1932, to immediate and lasting acclaim. It is now one of the most widely performed operas, featuring hits such as Nemorino’s aria, “Una furtiva lagrima”.

  • Première discussion
  • Free introduction one hour before the performance
  • Music Gaetano Donizetti
  • Libretto Felice Romani
  • Musical direction Daniele Callegari, Boris Schäfer (10. og 12. januar)
  • Director Oliver Mears
  • Revival director Edwina Casey
  • Set designer Annemarie Woods
  • Costume designer Ilona Karas
  • Lighting designer Kevin Tracy

Roles

Main roles

  • Nemorino

    Jack Swanson
    Playing the following days
    • 24. Nov 2018
    • 2. Dec 2018
    • 5. Dec 2018
    • 11. Dec 2018
    • 15. Dec 2018
    • 20. Dec 2018
    • 27. Dec 2018
    • 31. Dec 2018
    • 8. Jan 2019
    • 10. Jan 2019
    • 12. Jan 2019
    • 15. Jan 2019
    • 17. Jan 2019
  • Adina

    Claudia Boyle
    Playing the following days
    • 24. Nov 2018
    • 2. Dec 2018
    • 5. Dec 2018
    • 11. Dec 2018
    • 15. Dec 2018
    • 20. Dec 2018
    • 27. Dec 2018
    • 31. Dec 2018
    • 8. Jan 2019
    • 10. Jan 2019
    • 12. Jan 2019
    • 15. Jan 2019
    • 17. Jan 2019
  • Belcore

    John Chest
    Playing the following days
    • 24. Nov 2018
    • 2. Dec 2018
    • 5. Dec 2018
    • 11. Dec 2018
    • 15. Dec 2018
    • 20. Dec 2018
    • 27. Dec 2018
    • 31. Dec 2018
    • 8. Jan 2019
    • 10. Jan 2019
    • 12. Jan 2019
    • 15. Jan 2019
    • 17. Jan 2019
  • Dulcamara

    Günes Gürle
    Playing the following days
    • 24. Nov 2018
    • 2. Dec 2018
    • 5. Dec 2018
    • 11. Dec 2018
    • 15. Dec 2018
    • 20. Dec 2018
    • 27. Dec 2018
    • 31. Dec 2018
    • 8. Jan 2019
    • 10. Jan 2019
    • 12. Jan 2019
    • 15. Jan 2019
    • 17. Jan 2019

Other roles

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