The Royal Opera presents its fourth revival of Laurent Pelly’s production of L’elisir d’amore, set in sun-drenched Italy in the 1950s.

L’elisir d’amore follows the story of village boy Nemorino, who adores the wealthy farm owner Adina. She rejects his declarations of love and appears to prefer the arrogant Sergeant Belcore. This leads Nemorino to purchase a ‘love potion’ from the quack doctor Dulcamara in order to win Adina’s heart. Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara’s potion (nothing more magical than cheap red wine) and agrees to marry Belcore. Luckily, at the last moment Nemorino’s actions lead Adina to realize who she really loves. Much celebration follows, particularly of Dulcamara, who can now ‘prove’ his potion’s power.

French conductor Bertrand de Billy conducts all performances. He made his Royal Opera debut in a recital with Roberto Alagna in 1995 and has since conducted Carmen, Cendrillon and Maria Stuarda for the Company. The role of Nemorino will be shared between Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan (27 and 30 May; 3 and 6 June), Italian tenor Ivan Magrì (11 June) and French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna (13, 16, 19 and 22 June). The role of Adina is shared between South African soprano Pretty Yende (27 and 30 May; 3, 6 and 11 June) and Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak (13, 16, 19 and 22 June). Italian bass-baritone Alex Esposito sings the role of Dulcamara for all performances. Italian baritone Paolo Bordogna (27 and 30 May; 3, 6 and 11 June) and Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka (13, 16, 19 and 22 June) share the role of Belcore. Russian soprano and Jette Parker Young Artist Vlada Borovko sings the role of Giannetta for all performances.

Gaetano Donizetti
27 and 30 May at 7.30pm | 3, 6, 13, 16, 19 and 22 June at 7.30pm | 11 June at 6pm
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Tickets: £9-£175
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