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The Elixir of Love

Overview

[A] traditional production, played against a handsome harvest-time set.”

Los Angeles Times

Audiences love its charming boy-meets-girl plot [and] the stream of glorious melody is a perennial favorite.”

Phillymag.com


Music by Gaetano Donizetti; Libretto by Felice Romani

Utterly enjoyable from first sip to last, this fizzy concoction is opera’s most winning comedy. A lovestruck bumpkin is about to lose the company of a rich and independent landowner. Crossing paths with a quack doctor, he soon gets duped in more ways than one. Wine, a windfall, and a fateful “furtive tear” eventually reveal happy truths as sincerity triumphs amid much rejoicing.

Not seen in Seattle since 1998, the colorful comedy returns with a “well-staged and heartfelt” (Santa Fe Reporter) production that has everything: winking humor, relatable human characters, and a charming love story—all set to masterful bel canto music that makes the soul sing.

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Elixir of Love, Santa Fe Opera, 2016 © Ken Howard

The Elixir of Love is currently available to purchase as part of a season ticket package. Individual opera tickets go on sale May 27. Remind Me

In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including one intermission


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Synopsis

ACT I
Adina, a wealthy young woman, reads the workers on her farm an amusing story of how Tristan won Isolde’s love with the help of a magic potion. The bumpkin Nemorino adores Adina, but he’s too shy to speak to her. The conceited Sergeant Belcore arrives and proposes to Adina. Nemorino then approaches Adina, who tells him to go and live with his rich but ailing uncle. He replies that he cannot live without her.

In the village square, Dr. Dulcamara hawks his cure-all elixir. Nemorino naively asks the Doctor if he carries Tristan's love potion. Dulcamara sells Nemorino a bottle of Bordeaux. When Adina enters, Nemorino no longer seems interested in her. To test him, Adina agrees to marry Belcore, and she invites the village to her wedding party that very night.

ACT II
At Adina’s marriage to Belcore, Nemorino is near despair. He asks Dulcamara for more love potion; but the boy, alas, is broke. To get more money to buy more elixir, he signs up as a soldier in Sergeant Belcore’s platoon.

Meanwhile, the village girls receive news that Nemorino's uncle has died, leaving him a fantastic inheritance. They shower Nemorino with affection; Nemorino thinks it’s because of the magic potion. Adina is upset to discover the other girls fawning on Nemorino. The doctor tries to sell her some elixir, but she declines. She purchases Nemorino’s army contract back from Belcore and admits to Nemorino that she loves him.

The next morning, Dulcamara announces that Nemorino's uncle has died, making the young peasant the village's richest squire. The Doctor credits his elixir with Nemorino's good fortune, and the peasants eagerly purchase it.

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Cast

Madison Leonard

Adina

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Gilda, Rigoletto
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Adina, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Seattle Opera Debut: Chrisann Brennan, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (’19)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Frasquita, Carmen ('19)
Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto (Austin Opera); Ilia, Idomeneo (Wolf Trap Opera); Morgana, Alcina (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Emmeline, Emmeline (Tulsa Opera); Pamina, The Magic Flute (North Carolina Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Madison Leonard

Adina

Oct. 17, 21, 25, & 31

Vuvu Mpofu

Adina

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Adina, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Corinna, Il viaggio a Reims (Opera Köln); Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Aspen Festival); Cunegonde, Candide (Bergen National Opera)
Upcoming: Gilda, Rigoletto (Glyndebourne Festival); Musetta, La bohème (Vlaamse Oper); Lavinia, L’oca del cairo (Mozartwoche, Salzburg)

Last Updated: December 2019

Vuvu Mpofu

Adina

Oct. 18, 24, 28, & 30

Liparit Avetisyan

Nemorino

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nemorino, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia
Seattle Opera Debut: Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto
Recently: Alfredo, La traviata (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Alfredo, La traviata (Zürich Opera); Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto (Opera Australia)
Upcoming: Alfredo, La traviata (Hamburg State Opera); Alfredo, La traviata (Bavarian State Opera); Nemorino, The Elixir of Love (Glyndebourne Festival)

Last Updated: December 2019

Liparit Avetisyan

Nemorino

Oct. 17, 21, 25, & 31

Matthew Grills

Nemorino

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Don Ramiro, Cinderella
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Nemorino, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Newtown, CT
Seattle Opera Debut: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Don Ramiro, Cinderella ('19)
Recently: Ernesto, Don Pasquale (Berkshire Opera Festival); Kedril, From the House of the Dead (Bayerische Staatsoper); Idreno, Semiramide (Opéra national de Lorraine)
Upcoming: Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville (Utah Opera, Sacramento Philharmonic); Don Ramiro, Cinderella (Nashville Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Matthew Grills

Nemorino

Oct. 18, 24, 28, & 30

Peter Kálmán

Dulcamara

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Don Magnifico, Cinderella
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Mustafà, L'italiana in Algeri (Salzburg Whitsun Festival); Alberich, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Müpa Budapest)
Upcoming: Mustafà, L'italiana in Algeri (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale (Salzburger Festspiele); Alberich, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Müpa Budapest)

Last Updated: December 2019

Peter Kálmán

Dulcamara

Oct. 17, 21, 25, & 31

Patrick Carfizzi

Dulcamara

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Newburgh, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Frank, Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Music Master/Truffaldino, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Don Magnifico, La Cenerentola (’13); Ping, Turandot (’12)
Recently: Sprecher, The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera); Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (Minnesota Opera); Don Alfonso, Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera of Kansas City).
Upcoming: Brander, The Damnation of Faust (The Metropolitan Opera); Il Sagrestano, Tosca (The Metropolitan Opera); Doctor Bartolo, The Barber of Seville (San Diego Opera).

Last updated: December 2019

Patrick Carfizzi

Dulcamara

Oct. 18, 24, 28, & 30

Michael Adams

Belcore

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin 
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21:
 Belcore, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Seattle Opera Debut: Guglielmo, Così fan tutte (’18)
Recently: Zurga, The Pearl Fishers (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Papgeno, The Magic Flute (Washington National Opera); Masetto, Don Giovanni (Grand-Theatre de Geneve)
Upcoming: Kuligin, Katya Kabanova (The Metropolitan Opera); Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni (The Glimmerglass Festival); Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Utah Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Michael Adams

Belcore

Oct. 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28, 30, & 31

Cast

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Carlo Montanaro

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Cecina, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut
Don Quichotte (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Il trovatore ('19); Madame Butterfly (’17); Mary Stuart (’16)
Recently:
 La traviata (Opéra National de Paris); La bohème (Staatsoper Hamburg); Nabucco (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: The Barber of Seville (Opéra National de Paris); Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Madama Butterfly (Atlanta Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Carlo Montanaro

Conductor

Stephen Lawless

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love

Hometown: United Kingdon
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: The Marriage of Figaro (Cincinnati Opera); Katya Kabanova (Theater Magdeburg Opernhaus); Così fan tutte (Aalto Theater)
Upcoming: Roberto Devereux (LA Opera); Lucia di Lammermoor (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater)

Last Updated: December 2019

Stephen Lawless

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Ashley Martin-Davis

Set & Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love

Hometown: London, England
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Sets and Costumes, Vanessa (Glyndebourne Festival); Sets, Tri Sestri (Oper Franfurt Opernhaus); Sets, Passion (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte)
Upcoming: Sets, Egmont (Theater an der Wien); Sets and Costumes, Macbeth (Opéra de Dijon); Sets, Peter Grimes (Oper Frankfurt Opernhaus)

Last Updated: December 2019

Ashley Martin-Davis

Set & Costume Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Rigoletto, Cinderella, Eugene Onegin, La bohème
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana, The Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Tosca

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs ('19), Carmen ('19), Rigoletto ('19)
Recently: Pianist, Three Singing Sisters (Seattle Opera); Chorusmaster, Cinderella (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorusmaster, Eugene Onegin, La bohème (Seattle Opera); Judge, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Last updated: November 2019

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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Main Image © Philip Newton | Photos: Elixir of Love, Opera Philadelphia, 2016 © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia