Performed on October 23, 26, 28 and 30, 2021
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore
In a small rural village, the timid peasant Nemorino laments: pretty Adina, a wealthy, well-educated farmer, doesn’t care how he feels about him, especially if she is taken in by the frenzied military man Belcore, who courts her ardently with boisterous statements. Adina reads to the peasants a passage from the history of Tristan and Iseult: Nemorino would love to have such a love potion. But how do we do that? Now Dulcamara, the catwalk-around doctor with a bag of tricks, has a flamboyant starter, offering a variety of different elixirs, each more intriguing than the last, including the famous philtre (which is actually just a bottle of Bordeaux wine). One thread at a time, from wild intrigues to unexpected twists and turns, Adina and Nemorino will end up together, and Belcore, spurned, will make against bad luck, good heart, and the work ends in joy and happiness.
Original Italian version with French surtitles.