Opera

L'elisir d'amore

The Elixir of Love
Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Comic opera in two acts | Libretto: Felice Romani, after Augustin Eugene Scribe's libretto to "Le Philtre" by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber |
World premiere: 1832 in Milan

Ioan Hotea, Gloria Rehm, Christopher Bolduc, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Ioan Hotea
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Patrick Carfizzi, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Gloria Rehm, Christopher Bolduc
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Ioan Hotea
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Gloria Rehm, Christopher Bolduc, Patrick Carfizzi, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Patrick Carfizzi, Gloria Rehm
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Gloria Rehm, Ioan Hotea
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Ioan Hotea, Gloria Rehm
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Patrick Carfizzi, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Gloria Rehm, Christopher Bolduc, Patrick Carfizzi, Chor, Statisterie
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Gloria Rehm, Christopher Bolduc, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Stella An, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Ioan Hotea, Stella An, Chor
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Patrick Carfizzi, Gloria Rehm
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz
Gloria Rehm, Ioan Hotea
Photo: Karl-Bernd Karwasz

Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" is at the same time one of the funniest and most romantic of all Italian buffa operas of the 19th Century.  “The musical style of this score is lively, brilliant, truly of the buffo nature… the emotions are handled with the musical passion for which the composer of ‘Anna Bolena’ is famous”, raved Italian critic Francesco Pezzi after the Milan premiere. A young villager falls in love (unluckily at first) with a well-off, but rather capricious farm owner. Along with boastful heartbreaker Beclore, miracle “doctor” Dulcamara (whose love potion is little more than a bottle of local red wine) and an agile chorus of village folk, the cast of characters makes for a turbulent day under the Southern sun.

With everything from sweet melodies to fast cabalettas and rowdy crowd scenes, Donizetti weaves together a splendid musical chain of lavish showpieces, unfolding his multi-layered impressions of Italian “dolve vita” with seemingly inexhaustible compositional creativity. But, before a happy ending can ensue, the turbulent tale must first pass through tragic depths, such as Nemorino’s bewildered lament “Una furtiva lagrima” (“A Furtive Tear”), an aria which has been known to bring even the audience to tears.        

Cast

Conductor Daniela Musca
Director Jim Lucassen
Stage & Costume Designer Marc Weeger, Silke Willrett
Lighting Designer Ralf Baars
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Regine Palmai
Adina Olesya Golovneva, Pretty Yende
Nemorino Ioan Hotea
Jeongki Cho, Levy Sekgapane
Belcore Christopher Bolduc
Stephanos Tsirakoglou
Dulcamara Patrick Carfizzi
Gianetta Stella An
Chor & Statisterie des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

2018 International May Festival | RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:05
2018 International May Festival | RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:05