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The Elixir of Love

(L'elisir d'amore)
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Felice Romani
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy

The potent potion to drive devotion

A truly magic brew, or just a bottle of snake oil?

The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore), set in the 1940s Italian countryside in this charming production from The Santa Fe Opera, is a delight for all lovers of 19th-century Italian bel canto. Poor, oil-soaked auto-mechanic Nemorino is in love with the wealthy Adina, but she only has eyes for the striking Sergeant Belcore. Enter pinstriped Dr. Dulcamara, a quack who woos Nemorino with a promise: drink the elixir and Adina will fall in love with Nemorino within a day. But, does this strange tincture really work?

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MapAcademy of Music

Dates are Apr. - May 2016.

Fri, Apr 29 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 1 2:30 p.m.
Wed, May 4 7:30 p.m.
Fri, May 6 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 8 2:30 p.m.

Approx. 2 hrs 19 min
Includes a 20 min intermission

Production from The Santa Fe Opera

Cast & Creative Team

The key ingredients

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Stephen Lawless
Stephen Lawless *Director
Sarah Shafer
Sarah Shafer as Adina
Dimitri Pittas
Dimitri Pittasas Nemorino
Craig Verm
Craig Verm as Sergeant Belcore
Kevin Burdette
Kevin Burdette as Doctor Dulcamara
Katrina Thurman
Katrina Thurman as Giannetta
  • Ashley Martin-Davis * Set & Costume Design
  • Pat Collins* Lighting Design
  • Matthew Ferraro * Assistant Director
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Becki Smith Stage Manager
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jen Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Gaetano Donizetti

The Composer

Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti was born November 29, 1797 in Bergamo, Italy. He, Bellini and Rossini were the three great masters of the opera style known as bel canto. Bel canto operas had set numbers of separate arias and ensembles that featured particularly florid vocal writing designed to show off the human voice to maximum effect. These works demanded great virtuosity from the singers and served as star vehicles for leading operatic performers. Donizetti dominated the Italian opera scene during the years between Bellini's death and Verdi's rise to fame after Nabucco. Learn more about Donizetti.

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