L’elisir d’amore
Gaetano Donizetti
23.05.21 > 23.08.21

Director Marcos Darbyshire
Musical direction Enrico Delamboye

INFO

On Sunday the 23rd May at 8:00 pm, Opera Zuid will present in co-production with the Nederlandse Reisopera and Dutch National Opera – the livestream premiere of L’elisir d’amore on the international platform OperaVision. With a young talented cast from the Dutch National Opera Studio.

This livestream is free and can be viewed on this page on Sunday 23rd May at 8:00 PM.

A sweltering Italian summer evening. The romantic tension between Adina and Nemorino electrifies the air. But they are not alone. A group of friends puts their love and social standing at risk.

Director Marcos Darbyshire’s contemporary version of Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore is a coming-of-age opera exploring identity and loss of innocence. ‘There will be a lot of laughter, but with rather than at the characters.’

Donizetti, together with Rossini and Bellini, is a preeminent composer of early 19th-century Italian bel canto. This singing style values the singer’s emotion and timbre. In the arias, you experience the characters’ thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Under Darbyshire’s direction, characters emerge from within. It is not the storyline that is central, but the characters’ psychological growth and relationship with one another.

The slightly clumsy Nemorino is secretly in love with the hip and rich Adina. She pretends not to be in love and plays a game with him. Her rejections and the group’s reactions give Nemorino’s confidence a blow. He then asks partygoer and conman Dulcamara for a “wonder cure”. Meanwhile, the self-assured Belcore does everything in his power to keep the two apart, while the young Giannetta only wants to increase her popularity. By dawn, they are no longer the persons they were.

Performed in Italian with English subtitles.

Read the program booklet here.

 

Are you looking forward to the livestream and do you want to support the three companies with their young opera talent program? Then donate via the QR code or transfer your donation to BIC/SWIFT RABONL2U NL67 RABO 0119 4305 84. 

 

 

 

 

CAST & CREATIVES

Julietta Aleksanyan Adina
José Romero Nemorino
Martin Mkhize Belcore
Sam Carl Dulcamara
Bibi Ortjens Giannetta
Marcos Darbyshire Stage director
Enrico Delamboye Conductor
Amber Vandenhoeck Set design
Glen D'haenens Light design
Luis F. Carvalho Costume design
Pedro Beriso Musical arrangement and orchestration
Julietta Aleksanyan Adina
José Romero Nemorino
Martin Mkhize Belcore
Sam Carl Dulcamara
Bibi Ortjens Giannetta
Marcos Darbyshire Stage director
Enrico Delamboye Conductor
Amber Vandenhoeck Set design
Glen D'haenens Light design
Luis F. Carvalho Costume design
Pedro Beriso Musical arrangement and orchestration

FOTO

VIDEO

MEDIA

In L’elisir d’amore blijft de feelgood-finale nu eens uit, ★ ★ ★ ★ review de Volkskrant, May 2021. Read the review here.

L’elisir d’amore met feestende, doodnormale jongeren, review Theaterkrant, May 2021. Read the review here.

Muzikaal valt er veel te genieten. Vooral van tenor José Romero als Nemorino, ★ ★ ★ review Trouw, May 2021. Read the review here.

So ist eine ganz neue, spritzige Version entstanden, die dank zweier grandioser Sänger für Donizettiglück sorgt. review Bachtrack, May 2021. Read the review here.

‘een overrompelende voorstelling’, recensie De Groene Amsterdammer, May 2021. Read the review here.

PLAYLIST

Sun
23.05.21
20:00
23/05/2021 - 20:00
Maastricht, Studio Malpertuis
 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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