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The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love

Sat, Apr 21 - Sun, Apr 29, 2018
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Benedum Center

by Gaetano Donizetti • April 21, 24, 27 & 29, 2018

We will conclude our 2017-18 season with Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore - The Elixir Of Love, a comedy about a traveling medicine show huckster who claims to possess a love potion.

People have pinned their romantic hopes on magic love potions for thousands of years. Why, the very name ‘aphrodisiac’ comes from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.  And whether it’s Love Potion Number 9 or the Funky Cold Medina, people have been singing about love potions for a long time too.

The story concerns a “little nobody” named Nemorino. Nemorino is smitten with the beautiful and wealthy Adina, who appears to be completely out of his league. His prospects are further diminished when the handsome and dashing Sergeant Belcore arrives. But when Doctor Dulcamara rolls into town and sells Nemorino a bottle of his dubious Elixir of Love, things get very interesting.

Not seen here since 2007, The Elixir of Love is full of charming romance and light-hearted fun.

Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, with one intermission.


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