Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Conductor Sesto Quatrini
Stage director Dorothea Kirschbaum
Stage design Alexandre Corazzola
Costume design Dorothee Joisten
Adina Benedetta Torre
Dulcamara Sam Handley
Nemorino Jonathan Abernethy
Belcore Mikołaj Trąbka
Giannetta Barbara Massaro
It is not rare for love to move along asynchronous paths, where logic no longer prevails and heartache increases. Yet in some cases only a little push is needed… In Donizetti’s opera the elixir mentioned in the title works as a catalyst to set things in motion. The naïve, shy Nemorino is head over heels in love with Adina who is highly sought-after. He is apparently not an option for the self-assured woman. The grandiose Belcore, Nemorino’s rival, appears on the scene and initially seems to be the more suitable choice. Or maybe not? The triangular constellation gains momentum when the travelling quack doctor Dulcamara enters with his miraculous cures. Inspired by Adina’s story about Tristan und Isolde, Nemorino sets all his hopes in a ‘love potion’ which the charlatan sells him for a high price in the form of two bottles of wine. And to the amazement of everyone this ‘magic’ soon shows its enchanting effect.
At first sight L’elisir d’amore is an artful comedy with the familiar ingredients of opera buffa. Yet beneath the surface this frequently performed work presents two main characters, who with their understandable weaknesses and endearing qualities, find themselves in distressing situations, thus revealing the potential for greater emotional depth. The belcanto music full of sparkling coloraturas has much more to relate about the initially unequal couple, perhaps even more than they themselves are prepared to confess. Stage director Dorothea Kirschbaum, conductor Sesto Quatrini and their team devote themselves in their production to pondering on the various forms of love, encounters, pretence, (self) recognition and true feelings.