The Elixir of Love (L'elisir d'amore) Donizetti's popular romantic comedy opens this week in the Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire before touring to nine theatres throughout the country until 13 Dec. Famous for its spellbinding music and sublime arias (especially Una furtive lagrima) this large scale production will see a cast of five talented Irish and International singers joined by a professional chorus of twelve and accompanied by a twelve member touring ensemble. Critics describe this production as "among the most unaffectedly heart warming and well thought out Elisirs you could hope for." OPERA NOW
The Elixir of Love has it all, from unrequited love, to devious deception and thwarted passion. Innovative director Oliver Mears (NI Opera) updates the opera, transferring the action to a university campus, where Adina is a lecturer and Nemorino a nerdy student. Desperately in love with the beautiful but unattainable Adina, Nemorino is conned by fraudster Dr Dulcamara and buys some fake love potion, pledging himself to the army in order to pay for it.
Sung in English The Elixir of Love features a powerful cast led by Anthony Flaum as Nemorino and Anna Patalong as Adina (who recently made her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut), with Irish Soprano Sarah Reddin “who sparkles as the coquettish Giannetta” (Irish Times). Other cast include OTC stalwart John Molloy (Carmen Oct 2013 & The Marriage Of Figaro) as the crafty Dulcamara and James McOran Campbell as Belcore, the lusty army recruitment officer. Music Director Fergus Sheil conducts and design is by Annemarie Woods, with costumes by Ilona Karas and lighting by Kevin Treacy. The Elixir of Love is a co-production with NI Opera and was nominated in the Best Opera category in the Irish Times Theatre Awards
An enjoyable show, worth catching when OTC tours it SUNDAY TIMES
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