Gaetano Donizetti

The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore)

It is the sort of production that gives opera a good name   Irish Mail on Sunday


Famous for its spellbinding music and sublime arias, especially Una furtiva lagrima, Donizett’s ever-popular romantic comedy The Elixir of Love has it all, from unrequited love, to devious deception and thwarted passion. The pace of this opera keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

Innovative director Oliver Mears (NI Opera) updated the action, transferring it 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 to buy some fake love potion, pledging himself to the army in order to pay for it.  OTC Artistic Director Fergus Sheil conducted the 12-member orchestra and professional chorus. Design was by Annemarie Woods, with costumes by Ilona Karas and lighting by Kevin Treacy.  

The Elixir of Love was a co-production with NI Opera and was nominated in the Best Opera category in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013.

Toured Nationwide, Nov/Dec 2014

Nov 21 & 23 Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre
Nov 25 Ennis Glor
Nov 27 Cork Cork Opera House
Nov 29 Tralee Siamsa Tir
Dec 2 Wexford Wexford Opera House
Dec 7 Kilkenny Watergate Theatre
Dec 9 Galway Town Hall Theatre
Dec 11 Dundalk An Tain Theatre
Dec 13 Navan Solstice Arts Centre

"Mears’s fast moving Inventive and sensitive staging was full of good things. This was among the most unaffectedly heart warming and well thought out Elisirs you could hope for"
"An enjoyable show, worth catching when OTC tours it"

Production Information


Nemorino Anthony Flaum
Adina Anna Patalong
Giannetta Sarah Reddin
Dulcamara John Molloy
Belcore James McOran Campbell

Creative Team

Conductor Fergus Sheil
Director Oliver Mears
Design Annemarie Woods
Costume Design Ilona Karas
Lighting Design Kevin Treacy

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