A pastoral romance between Adina, the rich and gorgeous landowner, and Nemorino, a simple peasant, in love with Adina, L'Elisir d'amore sets Tristan and Iseult's love potion at the center of the action.
Donizetti wrote dozens of operas, but he is mostly famous today for five works that are regularly played in the greatest opera theatres around the world. All five were composed within ten years: L'Elisir d'amore (1832), Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), La Fille du régiment (1840), La Favorite (1840) and Don Pasquale (1843). Heir of Rossini, Donizetti is at the same time a "children of the century," a Romantic poet whose taste for the belcanto made him a rival of another composer from Catania, Belini. Like him, Donizetti provided the lyric repertoire with such beautiful arias as the Una furtiva lagrima, that can be heard in L'Elisir d'amore.
William Christie, Jonathan Kent – Lucy Crowe, Ed Lyon, Adrian Ward
Peter Schneider, Christoph Marthaler – Robert Dean Smith (Tristan), Robert Holl (King Marke) – Bayreuther Festspielhaus
Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Hall – Maxim Mironov (Don Ramiro), Ruxandra Donose (Cenerentola) – Glyndebourne Festival