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The Elixir of Love The Elixir of Love The Elixir of Love

Opera Philadelphia

The Elixir of Love

Apr 29, 2016
May 08, 2016

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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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