Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore is one of the staples of the comic opera repertory. The plot hinges on whether earnest but dim-witted Nemorino will snag Adina, the flirtatious heroine. She’s a tease who takes up with Belcore, an army sergeant, to make Nemorino jealous. After numerous (and humorous) plot twists that include a phony love potion, it all ends happily. Adina and Nemorino declare their love for each other, Belcore is dumped, and the fraudulent Dulcamara does a landslide business in love potions. It’s all a fast-moving bundle of fun, especially with the star-filled cast of this 2005 Vienna State Opera performance.
Release date: November 6, 2006
Studio: Virgin Classics