The Elixir of Love Gaetano Donizetti
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Please drink responsibly!


Don’t miss Olivier award-winning Giles Havergal’s funny and gorgeously colourful production as it returns to the stage this Autumn. Full of life and rustic charm, it draws out the warmth and depth of the characters in Donizetti’s opera, while sweeping audiences along in its fast-paced plot.


Hapless peasant Nemorino is head over heels in love with Adina, but to no avail. He seeks out a love potion from a travelling quack, which he hopes will turn her head despite the fact that it smells suspiciously like cheap red wine. He’s convinced it’s working when the village girls start to pay him some attention. Adina is mad with jealousy. Can it be that she loves him after all?


This hugely popular opera is full of lovely melodies (including the famous ‘Una furtiva lagrima’, a favourite of Pavarotti’s), mischievous arias, and riotous choruses. Amidst the comedy there’s a slightly darker message - that conmen sometimes win and perhaps the only true elixirs of love are money and alcohol. 

Elena Xanthoudakis (a prizewinner in Placido Domingo’s prestigious International Opera Contest ‘Operalia’ in 2008) sings Adina with Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas singing the role of Nemorino.


Video: watch a trailer for the show


The Elixir of Love was performed at:

Theatre Royal Glasgow
Wed 23 Sep 2009
Sat 26 Sep 2009
Sat 24 Oct 2009
Fri 30 Oct 2009

The Elixir of Love Unwrapped - Fri 25 Sep 2009


Eden Court, Inverness
Wed 4 Nov 2009
Fri 6 Nov 2009
The Elixir of Love Unwrapped - Thu 5 Nov 2009


His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
Wed 11 Nov 2009
Fri 13 Nov 2009
The Elixir of Love Unwrapped - Thu 12 Nov 2009


Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Sun 22 Nov 2009
Thu 26 Nov 2009
Sat 28 Nov 2009
The Elixir of Love Unwrapped - Tue 24 Nov 2009

Production supported by

Scottish Opera's 'The Perfect Tonic' Appeal

Sung in Italian with English supertitles Running time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes