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A Tuscan village, early 19th century. Inspired by the story of Tristan and Isolde, the shy young Nemorino buys potion from a quack, Dulcamara, in the hope of winning Adina. She seems to prefer Belcore, a sergeant of the garrison, and irritated by Nemorino's now apparent indifference towards her, she promises to marry Belcore immediately. Convinced that the elixir will take effect within 24 hours. Nemorino begs her to wait, but she refuses. Nemorino joins the army, using his enlisting bonus to buy another bottle of elixir. Finding himself suddenly surrounded by village girls , he presumes the elixir is working, unaware of the rumour that his uncle has died leaving him a large fortune. Adina feels intense envy and realises that it is Nemorino she really loves. Learning of his sacrifices, she redeems him from the army and the couple are married. Dulcamara capitalises on the apparent success of his elixir and does a roaring trade. Revival. Running time 2 hours 30 minutes.

Performers Rhys Meirion (Nemorino), Alison Roddy (Adina), Andrew Shore (Dulcamara), Ashley Holland (Belcore), Sally Harrison (Giannetta).
Music Donizetti. Lyrics Romani. Company English National Opera. Director Jude Kelly. Conductor Michael Lloyd. Design Robert Jones. Lighting Howard Harrison. Choreographer Quinny Sacks. Other Paul Kieve (illusions consultant). Translation Arthur Jacobs.

The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T01530602894. Details of all The Elixir of Love archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1924

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