Donizetti’s bel canto comedy is as charming as it is funny
Nemorino is a likeable but hopeless romantic who has fallen in love with the bold and quick-witted Adina. She isn’t won over by his pleas of love and things get worse when she has an offer of marriage from the self-important Sergeant Belcore. When a dubious salesman, Dulcamara, rolls into town he offers Nemorino what seems like the perfect solution – The Elixir of Love.
Pene Pati – of Sol3 Mio fame – and Amina Edris, return to New Zealand from San Francisco Opera, bringing their natural charisma and warmth to the roles of Nemorino and Adina. As Dulcamara, Conal Coad showcases his outstanding comedic abilities and is joined by rising-star Morgan Pearse as Belcore.
Wyn Davies returns to conduct this sentimental masterpiece.
Set in an Antipodean country town at the turn of the 20th century, Simon Phillip's production of The Elixir of Love beautifully captures this opera’s light-hearted humour.
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
May 31, June 2 & 7 at 7.30pm
June 9 at 5pm
Opera House, Wellington
June 23, 28, 30 at 7.30pm
June 26 at 6.30pm
Conductor Wyn Davies
Director Simon Phillips
Restage Director Matthew Barclay
Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Costume Designer Gabriela Tylesova
Adina Amina Edris
Nemorino Pene Pati
Belcore Morgan Pearse
Dulcamara Conal Coad
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
An Opera Australia production