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?