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Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

Enjoy this sunny 1950s-style production of Donizetti’s light-hearted and moving comedy about the naive Nemorino besotted with the beautiful bar owner Adina. She torments him with her indifference and attaches herself to the experienced charmer Belcore. In desperation, Nemorino seeks the help of Dr. Dulcamara’s miraculous ‘love potion’. 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?

Fresh and funny, the opera includes one of the best-loved of tenor arias, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The cast is headed by four singers who’ve each made a strong impression in recent Opera North productions: Gabriela Iştoc and Duncan Rock as, respectively, Mimì and Marcello in La Bohème (2014); Jung Soo Yun, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth (2014); and Richard Burkhard in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro (2015).

Complete with a hot-air balloon and Vespas, this uplifting production will definitely leave you wanting more.

a Fellini-esque vision of scooters, cappuccino machines and champagne fountains, set on a sun-washed hotel terrace overlooking the sea... like revisiting a perfect holiday spot...

The Guardian

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 40 minutes

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Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre 17 - 27 Feb 2016 7:30pm

L’elisir d’amore

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46 New Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6NZ
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Box office: 0844 848 2720

Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

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The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.

Newcastle Theatre Royal 3 Mar 2016 7:30pm

L’elisir d’amore

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100 Grey Street
Newcastle
NE1 6BR
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Box office: 08448 112121

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Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.

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Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.

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The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Nottingham Theatre Royal 10 Mar 2016 7:30pm

L’elisir d’amore

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Theatre Square
Nottingham
NG1 5ND
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Box office: 0115 989 5555

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Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

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For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 

Salford Quays The Lowry 17 Mar 2016 7:30pm

L’elisir d’amore

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ
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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

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Thursday 25 February 2016 
Touch tour at 6.15pm

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Comment from James Fox

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James Fox said ago

A superb evenings entertainment - Very colourful - Superb singing - Superb orchestra under Tobias Ringborg - Lovely lighting and set and the balloon was great.

Comment from Carole and Stefan

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Carole and Stefan said ago

Absolutely excellent, cast, music and set. Lovely uplifting evening. Consummate professionals everyone.

Comment from David Halliwell

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David Halliwell said ago

A great evening's entertainment. The infectious enjoyment passed from cast to audience. Well done!

Comment from Margaret Cook

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Margaret Cook said ago

Excellent production bringing joy to all who watch it!
Scenery, and the appearance of the balloon, bright and sunny after our awful weather.The singing and acting bring life to Donizetti's amusing opera- a great evenings entertainment.

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Nicholas Dobson said ago

An effervescently exuberant and joyous piece with some wonderful singing - duets, trios and otherwise. Staging and choreography also entirely in tune with the light-hearted and farcical subject matter but with the beautifully rendered pathos of una furtiva lagrima left intact. Orchestra as always on top form. Much enjoyed, should be available on prescription as an antidote for February blues!

Comment from Irene Hainsworth

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Irene Hainsworth said ago

Just the kind of entertainment for a grey, winter day. Bright, colourful setting, excellent singing from all the principals. The Chorus, as ever, were on splendid form in all areas. A thoroughly enjoyable evening to round off this part of the season. April cant come soon enough with The Ring!

Comment from Helen Seymour

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Helen Seymour said ago

I loved it. Adina started slightly uncertainly but was fabulous in all - her voice really suited the story and music. All the other principals were great - acted as a team, and the chorus worked their socks off to great effect. We loved the staging and the costumes - worked even better than Covent Garden's last year!

Comment from Edward Royle

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Edward Royle said ago

A wonderfully executed and frivolous piece of entertainment, beautifully sung and acted by chorus and principals. Gabriela Iştoc showed both delicacy and command as the soprano; Jung Soo Yun is a fine tenor and his Una furtiva lagrima was outstanding. Richard Burkhard was as ever delightful to both hear and see; and Duncan Rock was a believable Romeo with a style and voice to match. The chorus again was superb - they move and sing so naturally - and congratulations to everyone on their ability to throw and catch. The orchestra (a majority of whom seemed to be female) had just the right lightness of touch for Donizetti's tuneful melodies: in all, a lovely evening's entertainment.

Comment from Razvan

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Razvan said ago

What ana amazing show !! I absolutely love it and I will be back !!
Adina was incredibil good and I would love to see her again !!
Great team performance !!
Thank you all for a great time.

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What the critics say

Impressive... Tobias Ringborg’s conducting is fresh, fizzy and vibrant enough to suggest that those Vespas still have plenty of miles on the clock yet.

The Guardian - Read full review

Additional Information

Cast
  • Adina Gabriela Iştoc
  • Nemorino Jung Soo Yun
  • Belcore Duncan Rock
  • Dr. Dulcamara Richard Burkhard
  • Giannetta Fflur Wyn
Creative Team
  • Conductor Tobias Ringborg
  • Director Daniel Slater
  • Set & Costume Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
  • Lighting Designer Simon Mills
  • Choreographer & Associate Director Tim Claydon
Restaurants & Dining

Opera North has teamed up with Pintura Bar & Kitchen to bring you the specially crafted L’elisir d’amore cocktail!  A twist on a classic Paloma, this exciting fusion of tequila, Liqueur de Pamplemousse and fresh pink grapefruit juice will provide you with the perfect post-finale fun to end your evening, and is just £5 for L’elisir d’amore ticket holders.

Two free Pintxos (the Basque answer to Tapas) are also available on presentation of L'elisir d'amore ticket.

Pintura opened its doors in March 2015 and is inspired by the culture of the Basque region, the original setting for Donizetti’s opera.

 

We have also teamed up with several other restaurants and bars close to Leeds Grand Theatre to provide an exciting range of dining options to complete your experience.

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For accessibility information for Leeds Grand Theatre, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Newcastle Theatre Royal and Nottingham Theatre Royal, visit our Accessibility page.

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Are you 19-29 years old or a full-time student? Enjoy live music and theatre? Interested in attending events for a discounted price? Join our Under 30s scheme! The membership is FREE and a great opportunity for you and your friends to experience opera and more…

This season, our U30 members receive:

  • £10 tickets to any main stage opera performance*
  • An invitation to this season’s special event for L'elisir d'amore: Vintage, Vespas & Vino
  • 2 FREE tickets to events in our Kirklees Concert Season*
  • Offers on Food and Drink at selected bars and restaurants with your U30 membership card*

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