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Jan. 21 - Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore"

Ken Howard
Metropolitan Opera

L’Elisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries.

The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type. Its ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today—the joy is in the journey, and Donizetti created one of his most instantly appealing scores for this ride.

Michele Gamba; Javier Camarena (Nemorino), Golda Schultz (Adina), Davide Luciano (Belcore), Ambrogio Maestri (Dulcamara)