Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love from the Royal Opera House

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Donizetti’s <em>The Elixir of Love</em> from the Royal Opera House in London.

There's not a lot to be taken seriously The Elixir of Love, the comic romp by Donizetti. Unless, of course, you count the music. It's some of Donizetti's finest and it takes the opera beyond the world of farce to a place where simple confidence leads to life-changing revelations.

In this Laurent Pelly production from London's Royal Opera House, tenor Roberto Alagna stars as the lovesick Nemorino, alongside soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Adina, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri as Dr. Dulamara, the shady salesman whose dubious tonic gets the story rolling.

Cast:

Conductor: Bruno Campanella

Nemorino: Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Adina: Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano) 

Dr. Dulcamara: Ambrogio Maestri (baritone)

Belcore: Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Giannetta: Susana Gaspar (soprano)

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Below: Watch a preview of Roberto Alagna singing "Una furtiva lagrima"