L’elisir d’amore (2021)

23 May ’21 > 23 August ’21


On Sunday the 23rd May at 8:00 pm, Opera Zuid has presented 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.

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.

The clumsy Nemorino is secretly in love with the hip and wealthy Adina. She pretends not to be in love and plays a game with him. Her rejections and the reactions from the group give Nemorino’s self-confidence a big blow. That is why he asks partygoer and rip-off Dulcamara for a “miracle cure”. Meanwhile, the confident Belcore does everything in her own interest to keep the two apart, while the young Giannetta is mainly concerned with increasing her own popularity. By dawn, they are no longer the persons they used to be.

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.

Performed in Italian with English subtitles.


Adina Julietta Aleksanyan
Nemorino José Romero
Belcore Martin Mkhize
Dulcamara Sam Carl
Giannetta Bibi Ortjens


Director Marcos Darbyshire
Musical dirction Enrico Delamboye
Set design Amber Vandenhoeck
Light design Glen D’haenens
Costume design Luis F. Carvalho
Musical arrangement and orchestra Pedro Beriso





Sun 23.05.2021

Opera Zuid