Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore

Annabel Arden (stage director), Maurizio Benini (conductor) – With Peter Auty (Nemorino), Ekaterina Siurina (Adina)...

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Annabel Arden — Stage director

Lez Brotherston — Set designer

Giuseppe Di Iorio — Lighting

Ekaterina Siurina — Adina

Peter Auty — Nemorino

Alfredo Daza — Sergeant Belcore

Luciano Di Pasquale — Dr Dulcamara

Eliana Pretorian — Giannetta

James Bellorini — Dr Dulcamara's Assistant

Jonathan Hinden — Fortepianist

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Thomas Blunt — Chorus director

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Maurizio Benini — Music director

Program notes

Ekaterina Siurina, Peter Auty and Alfredo Daza in a playful and colorful version of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore.

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.

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