L'elisir d'amore

08/12/23, 19:00

Author: Gaetano Donizetti 
Libretto: Felice Romani 
Musical Preparation: Ondrej Olos 
Conductor: Ondrej Olos, Robert Kružík 
Director: Magdalena Švecová 
Set Design: Andrej Ďurík 
Costume Design: Eva Jiřikovská 
Chorus Master: Pavel Koňárek, Klára Roztočilová 
Dramaturgy: Patricie Částková 
Assistant Stage Director: Vojtěch Orenič 

Sung in Italian with Czech and English subtitles.

Fall in love and keep your senses calm – it is the art of the relationship.

Do you need to find a love, or forget one? The elixir of Doctor Dulcamara can do that for you! Just one bottle and all is ready! The elixir of love has always belonged to  the most sought after magic potions by young girls and boys. You can still browse the web and find recipes on how to make it. And no wonder, it was a frequent story topic,  from the oldest, tragic stories, such as Tristan and Isolde, to those with happy endings, eventually becoming the subject matter for an opera. Donizetti was one of three famous composers whose works dominated Italian stages in the first half of the 19th century and spread around the whole of Europe and overseas. His L'elisir d'amore premiered in Milan in 1832. Although it does not  feature  original subject matter and its librettist Romani, without scruples, borrowed the plot from Daniel Auber's opera, Donizetti's work, contrary to its French counterpart, has been one of the most popular operas since its premiere. The bitter-sweet story of shy Nemorino who falls in love with rich Adina and tries to win her affection using the "elixir of love" is a good opportunity for singers, because ofthe many beautiful duets and arias featured, including the most famous: Nemorino's Una furtiva lacrima. 

Nemorino: Ondřej Koplík j. h., José Manuel j. h. 
Adina: Kateřina Kněžíková j. h., Andrea Široká 
Belcore: Roman Hoza, Igor Loškár 
Dulcamara: David Nykl, Jiří Sulženko 
Gianetta: Tereza Merklová Kyzlinková, Eva Štěrbová j. h.