Opened 11 Jun 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Set amongst the olive groves of southern Italy, this witty and moving opera tells the story of a love rivalry between Nemorino, a pauper with a passionate heart, and Sergeant Belcore, who is a charming womaniser with a fantastically inflated ego. They vie for the heart of the beautiful, self-assured Adina, who is looking for a grand passion, reflected in her fascination with the story of Tristan and Isolde.
Adina is the hottest property in Hollywood - and Nemorino adores her. When a self-confident army officer embarks on a very public flirtation with Adina, Nemorino is in despair, until a smooth-talking movie producer comes to his rescue with a ?love potion' which he promises will win Adina once and for all. Director Valentina Ceschi sets The Elixir of Love at a glamourous 1950s garden party at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age, with a new English libretto by Verity Bargate Award-winner Thomas Eccleshare.