The Elixir of Love, Donizetti’s Famous Comic Opera, to be Staged by Piedmont Opera on March 15, 17 & 19, 2019
Winston-Salem, NC — The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore), Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera about a humble young man’s belief in the power of love—and a little love potion—will be staged by Piedmont Opera. The opera, with a libretto by Felice Romani, opens on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. and runs Sunday, March 17th at 2:00 PM and Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30 PM at the Stevens Center of the UNCSA. The two-act, four-scene opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. There will be one intermission.
Stage direction for The Elixir of Love is by Cara Consilvio. Lighting design is provided by Norman Coates and the production will be conducted by James Allbritten. Tickets start at $20 and are available at PiedmontOpera.org or by calling 336.725.7101.
The Elixir of Love is sponsored by title sponsor, Arbor Acres, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Adina, a rich and capricious landowner:
|Nemorino, a young and simple farmer in love with Adina||David Blalock|
|Belcore, Sergeant of the Garrison in the Village||Gregory Gerbrandt|
|Dulcamara, a con man; a charlatan who sells cheap red wine as a cure-all for every medical condition known to man||Brian Banion|
|Gianetta, A villager and friend of Adina||Eliza Mandzik|
The young peasant Nemorino loves the beautiful and wealthy landowner Adina. As Nemorino swoons over Adina, however, it becomes painfully obvious how little she cares. She is much more interested in her book about Tristan and Isolde, the story of a love potion that makes people fall in love with one another. A drum is heard, and a patrol of soldiers enters, led by the blustering Sergeant Belcore. The Sergeant takes an interest in Adina, who reciprocates his feelings, telling Nemorino that she wants a real man, like Belcore.
Just as things are quieting down, Doctor Dulcamara, a traveling salesman of various drinks and tonics, enters with his trumpeter and cart full of potions. Nemorino approaches the Doctor, inquiring if he may have the Elixir of Queen Isolde. Dulcamara finds the elixir—which is actually a bottle of Bordeaux—and gives it to Nemorino, telling him he will see no effects until the following day (when the Doctor will be long gone). Nemorino downs the bottle and is feeling its effects when Adina enters. She wonders why Nemorino is so happy, and why he is suddenly apathetic towards her. They are both distracted by Sergeant Belcore, who arrives to ask for Adina’s hand in marriage. She agrees to become his bride—in one week’s time. Nemorino only giggles in response, knowing that in a week Adina will be in love with him. But, when Belcore receives orders to embark on a new mission, Adina, trying to make Nemorino jealous, agrees to marry Belcore that night.
Later, at the wedding, a betrothal is to be signed, but Adina is upset. No sign of Nemorino. She runs out, not signing. Nemorino is busy searching for Dulcamara to buy more elixir. He has no money, so instead he joins Belcore’s army, in order to obtain 20 lire—enough to buy more elixir. As he runs off to find Dulcamara, the girls of the village enter with fascinating news: Nemorino’s uncle has died, making him very wealthy, and desirable. The girls begin to swoon over him, and Dulcamara tells Adina about the elixir. She is deeply moved, especially when she learns that Nemorino has sold his freedom for her. Seeing this as proof of his devotion to her, Adina buys back Nemorino’s enlistment contract and confesses her love for him. (Source: Grove Music Online)
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