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    Elixir of Love, The

    Santa Fe Opera


    Nemorino pines for the haughty Adina, but she has eyes only for Sgt. Belcore…until Dr. Dulcamara’s love potion works its wizardry! Apprentice alumni Dimitri Pittas, Patrick Carfizzi and Jennifer Black return as Nemorino, Adina and Belcore. Thomas Hammons makes his company debut as Dulcamara. Corrado Rovaris returns to conduct this intoxicating score which includes “Una furtiva lagrima,” one of the most hauntingly beautiful of all tenor arias.


    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
    Performed in Italian

    Act I

    Nemorino is in love with Adina, but she is indifferent to him. Adina reads the story of Tristan and Isolde to her workers, which convinces Nemorino that a magic potion will gain Adina's love for him. Sergeant Belcore appears and immediately proposes marriage to Adina. Dulcamara then arrives, selling his bottled cure-alls to the villagers. Nemorino spends all his money on a love potion, which is simply red wine. Dulcamara tells Nemorino the potion will not take effect until the next day. Nemorino drinks it and feels its effects immediately. Encouraged by the “elixir,” Nemorino meets Adina, and his confidence causes him to act uncaringly toward her. Out of spite, Adina accepts Belcore’s marriage proposal. When orders arrive for Belcore to report for duty at once, he and Adina decide to get married that very evening.

    Act II

    Troubled that Nemorino did not attend the party preceding her marriage, Adina puts off signing the marriage contract. Nemorino asks Dulcamara for his help and he prescribes a double amount of the potion. In order to obtain the money to pay for the elixir, Nemorino joins Belcore's regiment and receives an enlistment bonus. By now Nemorino is quite tipsy and the village’s young women, having learned that Nemorino has just inherited a fortune, crowd around him. Unaware of his new wealth, Nemorino thinks that Dulcamara’s potion is finally working. Adina sees Nemorino with the admiring women and becomes jealous. She resolves to win him for herself. Nemorino sings of his sadness at leaving the village and Adina for the army. Adina announces that she has bought back his enlistment papers, so that they can be married. All join in praising Dulcamara and his magical elixir of love.


    • Adina - Karan Armstrong
    • Nemorino - Stuart Burrows
    • Nemorino - Anastasios Vrenios
    • Belcore - John Reardon
    • Dulcamara - Gimi Beni
    • Giannetta - Jean Kraft
    • Conductor - Robert Baustian
    • Director - Carolyn Lockwood
    • Scenic Designer - Neil Peter Jampolis
    • Costume Designer - Robert O'Hearn
    • Lighting Designer - Georg Schreiber
    • Choreographer - Ron Sequoio
    • Chorus Master - Martin Smith