All you need to know about Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore in one place — right here!
What is the story?
L’elisir d’amore is an opera buffa (comic opera), best understood in our terms as a classic ‘rom com’ — both funny and touching, it will leave you undeniably uplifted!
The story centres on naïve Nemorino, who is besotted with the beautiful bar owner Adina. However, she torments him with her indifference and attaches herself instead to the experienced charmer Belcore. After hearing about the legend of Tristan and Isolde, Nemorino, in desperation, wonders if a love potion may be the answer to his prayers. He seeks the help of the traveling quack Dr. Dulcamara, who gives him ‘The Elixir of Love’. Is this the reason for Nemorino’s sudden popularity with every girl in the village? Will he gain Adina’s love before it’s too late?
If you’re not afraid of spoilers, you can watch this fun six minute L’elisir d’amore cartoon animation, put together by famous tenor (and talented cartoonist!) Rolando Villazon.