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Metropolitan Opera: L'Elisir d'Amore

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January 16 - February 17, 2018

Over all, this psychologically charged take on Elisir is fascinating.

New York Times, 2012 production

Why See Metropolitan Opera: L'Elisir d'Amore?


Bartlett Sher's gorgeously romantic comedy opera returns to the Met, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. Pretty Yende and tenor Matthew Polenzani sing the two lead roles of Adina and Nemorino, with renowned bass Ildebrando D'Arcangelo singing the role of a certain mischievous salesman.


When the shy Nemorino approaches the beautiful but shy Adina, he proclaims his love to her - only to find her indifferent to him. Noticing that she is reading Tristan and Isolde, he is immediately inspired; would a love potion give him his heart's desire? Conveniently, a traveling salesman happens to be passing through the village, and Nemorino buys a bottle of the "potion" from him, not realising it is a fake.

The two dance around each other; Nemorino with his newfound confidence that he believes his elixir has given him - it's just a bottle of Bordeaux! - and acts indifferently to Adina, who immediately agrees to marry a soldier in the local militia out of revenge for this snub. It's only when the nuptials are called that Nemorino panics; he buys yet another bottle, using money earned through enlisting with the army as a last resort. Comically, this brings all the local girls to him, but not Adina. Will these two be able to stop playing mind games long enough to realise their love for each other?

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Opening night: 16 January 2018


Suitable for most audiences

Run time

Two hours and 40 minutes long with one intermission

And before you stop reading

Sung in Italian with Met surtitles in English, German, Italian and Spanish

Please note that the images used pertain to the 2012 Met Opera production

Cast and Creative


Pretty Yende as Adina
Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Dulcamara


Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Production by Bartlett Sher

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