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DONIZETTI’S THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (L’ELISIR D’AMORE) - San Francisco War Memorial Opera House


This opera is lifted to Napa Valley around 1915 from the original Basque Country of Spain in Donizetti’s original production.  Nemorino (in this case, a worker, not a peasant) falls in love with Adina (daughter of a wealthy rancher)  but she pays him no attention.  Dr. Dulcamara (a traveling salesman) sells Nemorino a magic potion (just wine) and he drinks it.  He gets a little drunk and finds that Adina may actually have feelings for him.

Belcore is a member of the U.S. calvary in this performance and he proposes to Adina and she agrees.  In essence, Nemorino joins the military to win Adina but she purchases his contract.  She frees him from the military obligation but he believes if she doesn’t love him, he might as well fight and die.  She confesses her love and they live happily ever after.

The set design was pretty amazing.  It certainly was period to 1915 and Napa Valley.

Opera World reminded me of the performance of Ramón Vargas.  He was excellent in the role and his voice was pretty amazing. 

The photo is from the San Francisco web site at www.sfo.com.

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