l’elisir d’amore

Gaetano Donizetti

Opéra Bastille - from 25 October to 25 November 2018

Photo © Alex Beaurain

L’Elisir d’amore

Melodramma Giocoso in two acts (1832)

Music
Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto
Felice Romani

After Eugène Scribe's Le Philtre based on Auber

Conductor
Giacomo Sagripanti
Director
Laurent Pelly
Adina
Lisette Oropesa
Valentina Naforniţă
Nemorino
Vittorio Grigolo
Paolo Fanale
Belcore
Étienne Dupuis
Il Dottor Dulcamara
Gabriele Viviani
Giannetta
Adriana Gonzalez
Costume design
Laurent Pelly
Set design
Chantal Thomas
Lighting design
Joël Adam
Dramaturgy
Agathe Mélinand
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Coproduction with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

French and English surtitles

about


A village somewhere in the Italian countryside, a wayside inn on a road crossed by the occasional dog. Nothing more. Laurent Pelly’s production presents a deserted landscape in which the turbulent arrival of Doctor Dulcamara causes a sensation. And with good reason! He is said to be the inventor of a mysterious love potion… In opera, love philtres often provoke terrible tragedies. They also provide the pretext for this gentle comedy in which Sergeant Belcore and the timid Nemorino vie with each other for beautiful Adina’s heart. The stage is set! Bring on the music, which, if we are to believe Donizetti, was composed in a fortnight!

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