St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

L'elisir d'amore

melodramma giocoso in two acts

performed in Italian (the performance will have synchronised Russian supertitles)


Adina: Olga Pudova
Nemorino: Stanislav Leontiev
Belcore: Sergei Romanov
Dr. Dulcamara: Denis Begansky
Giannetta: Lyudmila Dudinova


Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Felice Romani

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Stage Director: Alexander Petrov
Production Designer: Vladimir Firer
Lighting Designer: Alexei Tarasov
Ballet Master: Ilya Ustyantsev
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko


The poor and shy Nemorino is hopelessly in love with the rich and beautiful Adina. One day he hears her reading aloud the story of Tristan and Isolde. Believing in the existence of a love potion, he turns to Dulcamara – a quack trading in panaceas for all kinds of illnesses – and the latter sells him wine as an elixir of love. The village girls discover that Nemorino is about to become an heir and begin to flirt with him, but to no avail. The naive youth sees the reason behind their behaviour as an effect of the love potion. At the same time, Adina gives her consent to marry Sergeant Belcore whose regiment has stopped in the village. In order to earn some money and purchase more of the love potion, Nemorino enlists in the regiment. Touched by the youth’s sincere love, Adina redeems his recruit’s agreement and consents to marry him.

World premiere: 12 May 1832, Teatro della Canobbiana, Milan
Premiere of this production: 28 March 2013, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, St Petersburg

Performance running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
There will be one interval

Age category 6+

L'elisir d'amore
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2 December 2017, 19:30
14 January 2018, 19:30
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