“L’elisir d’amore” is an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Felice Romani. It consists of two acts, the first consisting of ten scenes and the second of nine.
It was performed for the first time on 12 May 1832 at the Cannobiana Theater in Milan. Romani derived the libretto from the text Le Philtre (The filter), written the year before by Eugène Scribe for the composer Daniel Auber. Donizetti had only fourteen days to deliver the work, seven of which were used by Romani to adapt Scribe’s text. Despite the extremely heavy pressure, he managed to package one of the highest examples of nineteenth-century comic opera.
The story revolves around the events of the humble peasant Nemorino, in love with Adina and unable to declare himself. The balance is abruptly interrupted with the arrival of Dulcamara (Donizetti’s charlatan), who, pretending to be a doctor, sells a mysterious elixir of love to Nemorino.
The director is Jader Bignamini, directed by Bepi Morassi, a new production by the Teatro La Fenice Foundation.
Location: La Fenice Theatre, Venice
Schedule: from February 15th to 25th 2020
Hour: 7.00 pm – 3.30 pm or 5.00 pm on Sundays
Ticket: up to € 290