L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)

Who hasn’t done something wacky in the name of love? In Gaetano Donizetti’s popular two-act opera L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), Nemorino is a poor peasant in love with the beautiful Adina. Unfortunately, Adina isn’t interested in Nemorino; she’s set on marrying the dashing Sergeant Belcore. Desperate to win her love, Nemorino spends all his money on a magic elixir hawked by a shady traveling salesman. Emboldened by the potion — which turns out to be a copious amount of wine — Nemorino vows to gain Adina’s love at all costs. Hilarity ensues, with all the miscommunication, double-dealing and sexual gamesmanship that are hallmarks of comedic operas. Although it originally premiered in 1832, L’elisir d’amore’s romantic high jinks can certainly hold their own with today’s romantic comedies. 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Wortham Opera Theater, Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-8000 or visit www.music.rice.edu. $10 to $12.
Wed., March 19, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., March 24, 7:30 p.m., 2008
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