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L’Elisir d’amore

Opéra Bastille - from 08 September to 04 October 2020

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L’Elisir d’amore

Opera Gaetano Donizetti

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Opéra Bastille - from 08 September to 04 October 2020

2h45 with 1 interval

Language : Italian

Surtitle : French / English

About

In few words:

“I am obliged to set a libretto to music within fourteen days. I give you one week to prepare it for me. We shall see which of us two has the most courage.” Donizetti’s instructions to Romani his librettist signalled the beginning of the composition of L’Elisir d’amore, an opera that is, without a doubt, the Italian composer’s comic masterpiece.

Laurent Pelly’s playful production transposes this melodramma giocoso to the Italy of the 1960s—complete with Vespas and bales of hay. The staging is a deft combination of fantasy and poetry, from the roaring arrival of Doctor Dulcamara to Nemorino’s romantic attraction to Adina, the charms of this “furtiva lagrima” never cease to work their magic. This Elisir d’amore, the quintessential bel canto opera, has become a Paris Opera classic not to be missed.

Characters

Adina
a rich landowner, capricious but educated, who reads the story of Tristan and Iseult to her peasants
Nemorino
a credulous and timid young villager, hopelessly in love with the inaccessible Adina
Belcore
a spry soldier, self-assured and self-important, who has also decided to win Adina
Dulcamara
a peddler and charlatan who claims to sell (among other miraculous remedies) a love potion
Giannetta
a young peasant from the village, very interested in Nemorino when she learns he has become rich

  • Opening
  • First part 75 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 60 mn
  • End

Performances

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Audio clips

L'Élixir d'amour (Saison 18/19)- Acte III - Lisette Oropesa, Gabriele Viviani

L'Élixir d'amour (Saison 18/19) - Acte I (Lisette Oropesa, Vittoro Grigolo)

L'Élixir d'amour (Saison 18/19)- Adriana Gonzalez et Choeurs

L'Élixir d'amour (Saison 18/19) - Acte II - Vittoro Grigolo

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