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The Elixir of Love

(L’elisir d’amore)

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto by Felice Romani

A comic opera in two acts

‘In vino veritas’ as a young man steels his courage to win the girl of his dreams.  Sung in Italian with projected translations.

University Opera Theatre

University Symphony Orchestra

Power Center

November 11 - 14, 2010


The Story: The handsome young peasant Nemorino is hopelessly in love with Adina but she barely gives him a glance. In fact, she seems enamored with the head of the local garrison, Sgt. Belcore  (a rather shallow guy, but there’s something about a man in uniform) – even going so far as to promise to marry him immediately. What’s a desperate and lovesick Nemorino to do? Resort to “magic” of course. Dr. Dulcamara, a charming con man, guarantees to the naïve Nemorino that one drink of a mysterious elixir will make Adina fall at his feet within twenty-four hours. In order to get the elixir (actually just an ordinary Bordeaux) to work faster to prevent Adina’s impending marriage, Nemorino downs the entire bottle in one gulp. In vino veritas prevails — with charming twists and turns, love blossoms in all the right places.

Background: One of the most popular works of the opera repertoire, The Elixir of Love has been an audience favorite since its debut in 1832. Composed by Donizetti in just two weeks, the opera skillfully balances comedy with poignancy, simplicity with detailed invention, in a fresh, exhilarating example of bel canto. The score is filled with delightful arias, duets, and ensembles, including two hauntingly beautiful tenor arias for Nemorino, “Una furtiva lagrima” and “Quanto è bella.” The 19th century Italian equivalent of a Broadway musical, The Elixir of Love is a delightful tale about the innocence of love that is sure to make you smile.



November 11 & 13, 2010

Adina Amy Petrongelli (Harrison, MI)
Nemorino Kyle Matthew Knapp (Hudson, OH)
Belcore Steven Eddy (Laurel, MD)
Dulcamara Nicholas Ward (Pontiac, MI)
Giannetta Ariel Halt (Milford, MI)

November 12 & 14, 2010

Adina Anne Jennifer Nash (Pittsford, NY)
Nemorino Kyle Tomlin (Stroudsburg, PA)
Belcore Brian Rosenblum (Roslyn, NY)
Dulcamara Benjamin Sieverding (Sioux Falls, SD)
Giannetta Kristen Seikaly (Lathrup Village, MI)

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Artistic Staff

Director Joshua Major
Conductor Martin Katz
Scenic Designer Jeff Bauer
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Gary Decker
Wig Designer Dawn Rivard
Stage Manager

Michelle Elias



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower