Anett Fritsch (Adina), Luiza Fatyol (Giannetta), Damenchor, Statisterie | © Hans Jörg Michel
L'elisir d'amore
Gaetano Donizetti
Opernhaus Düsseldorf
Sunday, 22. February 2015
15:00 - 17:30 hours

Duration: approx. 2 ½ hours, one interval
16,80 - 75,10 € Abo.+19
Duration: approx. 2 ½ hours, one interval
Just three weeks was all the time Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) had to compose the music to his librettist Felice Romani’s text before rehearsals began for ‘L’elisir d’amore’. To Donizetti, who had already written 36 operas in the previous 15 years, this sporting challenge was not a problem. However, he was anything but satisfied with the cast: “A German prima donna, a stuttering tenor, a buffo with the voice of a goat and a French bass who is useless,” he stated with resignation. Nevertheless the world premiere at the Teatro della Canobbiana, Milan on 12th May 1832 turned out to be one of the greatest successes of Donizetti’s career. To this day ‘L’elisir d’amore’ has an unbroken tradition of performances, much loved by audiences at all the world’s leading opera houses.

The story of the couple Tristan and Isolde bound together by a love potion fascinates Adina to so much, she reads the book aloud. Suddenly a regiment appears led by Sergeant Belcore, who promptly courts Adina. The young Nemorino, who has already been in love with Adina for some time, fears he will lose her and also confesses his love – without success: Adina turns both men away laughing. When the mountebank Dulcamara then arrives in the village and starts praising his potions, Nemorino sees his chance: he hands over his entire fortune for the alleged love potion. After numerous complications the couple actually do come together, poor Nemorino finds money again and nobody has noticed that the bottle of love potion contained nothing but cheap wine.

Andorran director Joan Anton Rechi, who recently staged ‘Die Csárdásfürstin’ and ‘Werther’ at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, is renowned for his wonderfully humorous productions of comic operas. With nationally-acclaimed productions of Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’ and ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ at Theater Aachen, he has also demonstrated this talent in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Gaetano Donizetti

Opera comica in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani after Eugène Scribe‘s ‘Le philtre’

In Italian with German surtitles

Musikalische Leitung Lukas Beikircher
Inszenierung Joan Anton Rechi
Bühne Alfons Flores
Kostüme Sebastian Ellrich
Chorleitung Christoph Kurig
Licht Volker Weinhart
Dramaturgie Bernhard F. Loges
Adina Anett Fritsch
Nemorino Ovidiu Purcel
Belcore Bogdan Baciu
Dulcamara Günes Gürle
Giannetta Luiza Fatyol
Bräutigam Dong-In Choi
Chor Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
Orchester Düsseldorfer Symphoniker


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