Donizetti’s sun-drenched, small-town comedy makes a joyful return in Annabel Arden’s irresistible production.
Sophisticated and wealthy, Adina is the toast of her small Italian town. Country boy Nemorino loves her, but she only has eyes for Belcore, the smooth-talking sergeant who has swept her off her feet. So when a travelling doctor arrives in town Nemorino pins all his hopes on a magical love potion. But nothing in this topsy-turvy comedy is ever quite as it seems…
Light, lyrical and bursting with energy, L’elisir d’amore was the biggest success of Donzietti’s career – a comedy with the softest of hearts and the sweetest of melodies, including Nemorino’s much-loved aria “Una furtive lagrima”. Updating the action to the 1940s, Annabel Arden’s production celebrates the opera’s original joyful, colourful spirit, painting an affectionate picture of an Italy on the brink of political change.
Korean tenor Sehoon Moon stars as the lovesick Nemorino, with Glyndebourne debuts from soprano Benedetta Torre as the flirtatious Adina and baritone Matthew Durkan as rival suitor Belcore. Ben Glassberg, Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour, will conduct.
Ekaterina Siurina and Peter Auty perform ‘Caro elisir’ from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, August 2009.
The Glyndebourne Tour is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Image credit: Shadric Toop painted collage/original photography Mike Hoban/other images Wikimedia Commons and Unsplash
Dates and times
Glyndebourne 13 October 2019 4.00pm Glyndebourne 15 October 2019 7.00pm Glyndebourne 19 October 2019 4.00pm Glyndebourne 22 October 2019 7.00pm Glyndebourne 28 October 2019 4.00pm Glyndebourne 31 October 2019 7.00pm
Canterbury 5 November 2019 7.15pm Canterbury 7 November 2019 2.00pm
Milton Keynes 12 November 2019 7.15pm Milton Keynes 14 November 2019 2.00pm
Liverpool 21 November 2019 2.00pm
Norwich 3 December 2019 7.15pm