The Elixir of Love

31 May - 30 June 2018

Donizetti’s bel canto comedy, The Elixir of Love 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.

An opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Italian libretto by Felice Romani, after Eugène Scribe’s libretto for Daniel Auber’s Le philtre, (1831). The Elixir of Love premiered on 12 May 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.

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“This is first-class entertainment and revelations of its many theatrical coups would come under the category of spoilers.” – William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

“Donizetti wrote three brilliant comedies amongst his huge output of 63 operas and, maybe, ‘L’esir d’amore’ is the best of them. At least one could be forgiven for thinking that after experiencing this absolutely dazzling production.” – Stuff

“This production is beautifully sung, richly staged, well-acted and very funny.” – RNZ Concert


Creative team

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
Gianetta Natasha Wilson



Accompanied by Orchestra Wellington and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

An Opera Australia production

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