Donizetti's The Elixir of Love

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Donizetti's enchanting comedy L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) contains ravishing arias, delightful duets, ensembles and choruses. The Met revives John Copley’s 1991 staging, in its last go-around before it is replaced next fall with a new production by Bartlett Sher.

Atypical of operas from the Romantic era, the hero of Donizetti's romp is a simple country lad, Nemorino (tenor Juan Diego Flórez), who pines for a wealthy landowner, Adina (soprano Diana Damrau). The fun begins when Nemorino buys a phony "elixir of love" from the quack, Dr. Dulcamara (baritone Alessandro Corbelli), hoping that it will help him win Adina's heart away from his nemesis, Sergeant Belcore (baritone Mariusz Kwiecien).

Cast:

Conductor: Donato Renzetti
Adina: Diana Damrau
Nemorino: Juan Diego Flórez
Belcore: Mariusz Kwiecien
Dulcamara: Alessandro Corbelli