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Teatro Comunale

Donizetti L’Elisir d’Amore

From 04 April TO 09 April 2020
Teatro Comunale - Bologna
Program

Donizetti : L’Elisir d’Amore 130 mn

Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Jonathan Brandani
  • Director
    Pablo Maritano
  • Performers
    Nemorino: Klodyan Kacani
    Adina: Maria Rita Combattelli
    Belcore: Alberto Bonifazio
    Dulcamara: Givi Gigineishvili
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Teatro Comunale - Bologna Location Largo Respighi, 1 - 40126 Bologna Italie

The Venue's History in few words …

For a theatre that is more than 300 years old, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna has a remarkedly peaceful past. Neither fires nor wars, neither political nor artistic revolutions have upset the long history of this opera house, constructed between 1756 and 1763 by Antonio Galli Bibiena. From its inauguration, with Gluck's II TRIONFO DI CLELIA, to the present day, the house's fortunate audience, which most often fills the 1000-seat hall, has simply witnessed some of the most brilliant performances in opera history, and has heard the essential lyrical repertoire. Rossini came to produce TANCREDI, L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, LA CENERENTOLA, LA GAZZA LADRA, and THE BARBER OF SEVILLE; Merendante premiered his MARIA STUARDA REGINA DI SCOZIA here. Later on, Verdi came to premiere the first Italian version of his DON CARLO in 1867, and Boito his final version of MEFISTOFELE in 1875. Much to its honour, the theatre didn't content itself with presenting only top-notch Italian artists: it was the first Italian opera house to produce one of Wagner's operas, LOHENGRIN, in 1871. The next year TANNHAUSER was performed, followed, before the end of the century, by THE FLYING DUTCHMAN and TRISTAN UND ISOLDE. For this reason, Bologna is still known today as one of Italy's few Wagnerian centres.

 

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, seated in the same hall, the audience has applauded the house orchestra conducted by artists such as Toscanini, Furtwangler, Karajan, Abbado, and Sinopoli, without forgetting Riccardo Chailly, who left his position as Bologna's principal conductor to conduct the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. And the list of stars who have sung on the Bologna stage is impressive, including Schipa, Gigli. Di Stefano, Christoff, Renata Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Home, Christa Ludwig, June Anderson, Ghiaurov, and Raina Kabaivanska, to name a few.

 

The Institution also takes part in pedagogical programmes for children as well as for the retired throughout the Emilia-Romagna region. Besides producing the lyrical Performances that have established Bologna's reputation, the house orchestra also proposes a Symphonie series, as well as a chamber music season that has become a rendez-vous for the world's leading artists. A peaceful history, and a happy one...

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Synopsis

L’Elisir d’Amore

This is a comic opera in two acts, written by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. It was written in only six weeks and was instantly popular. Between 1838 and 1848 it was regularly the most performed opera in Italy. L'elixir d'amore premiered on 12th May 1832 in Milan at the Teatro della Canobbiana.

It is still the most performed of Donizetti's operas and it comes 13th on the list of most performed operas worldwide. It has been recorded numerous times.
The opera contains 'Una furtiva lagrima'; a popular tenor aria sung by the main two characters Adina and Nemorino.

HISTORY
The story of L'elixir d'amore takes place in a small village in the Basque Country, Spain, towards the end of the eighteenth century.

Act 1
Nemorino is a poor peasant who is in love with a beautiful landowner called Adina. He hopes that a magic potion will gain Adina's love. Belcore, a sergeant, arrives and tries to court Adina. This unsettles Nemorino who decides to declare his love for Adina, who rejects him. Dulcamara, a medicine man, arrives and Nemorino decides to buy a love potion from him. Dulcamara tells Nemorino that the potion wont work for twenty four hours, giving him enough time to escape before Nemorino discovers that it has not worked. After taking some of the potion, Nemorino meets Adina and acts indifferently, which annoys Adina. Belcore proposed to Adina, who agrees to marry him in six days time. However, the following day Belcore discovers that his regiment must leave the next day, and so Adina promises to marry him before he leaves and invites everyone to the upcoming wedding.

Act 2
Belcore and Adina are waiting to sign the official marriage contract but Adina is annoyed that Nemorino has not attended. Dulcamara is there and Nemorino finds him, begging for another potion that is stronger as he believes he has lost Adina. However, since Nemorino has no money to pay him, Dulcamara refuses to give him any potion and leaves. Adina has put off signing the marriage contract and Belcore emerges wondering why she has postponed it. He discoverd Nemorino and asks why he looks miserable. Nemorino replies that he needs money, and Belcore persuades him to sign a contract and join the military, for which Nemorino receives some money. Rumours spread that Nemorino's uncle has just died leaving him a fortune. Nemorino returns to the village after purchasing another love potion, and is greeted by friendly women. This convinces him that the potion has worked. Adina sees Nemorino and asks Dulcamara why he is so popular. On explaining Nemorino's desperation to win over the attention of a women, Adina realises his sincerity and that she loves him.

MAIN ROLES
Nemorino, a peasant in love with Adina, tenor
Adina, a wealthy landowner, soprano
Belcore, a sergeant, baritone
Dr Dulcamara, a medicine man, bass
Giannetta, Adina's friend, soprano

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