The Elixir of Love
By Gaetano Donizetti
English translation by David Parry
Auden Theatre, Holt
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 16 – 18 April 2015
Some say The Elixir of Love (L’elisir D’amore’) is the best of Donizetti’s operas, it was certainly written in the shortest of time to fill a gap in the theatre’s schedule. It was his 41st opera and an instant success.
The story revolves around Adina a young lady of independent means , local country lad Nemorino (literal meaning ‘little nobody’) and Sergeant Belcore. She is interested in Nemorino but he is too shy to make any advances. Dulcamara is a quack doctor who sells remedies. He convinces Nemorino to drink one of the remedies to overcome his shyness but it just makes him drunk. Adina is disgusted and turns to Sergeant Belcore. He seizes the opportunity and makes a proposal of marriage which she accepts.
Nemorino goes back to Dulcamara who suggests a different brew but with no money to buy it he enlists in the army under Sergeant Belcore. (There is a special offer of cash to recruits.)
He drinks the new remedy. His life changes when he is left a fortune by a rich uncle. He becomes the most eligible bachelor in the village and the subject of much interest to all the young women. Adina regrets her decision and goes to Belcore to buy Nemorino out of the army. Belcore gallantly releases Adina from their engagement knowing there are plenty of other young women to take her place.
Nemorina is united with Adina. Dulcamara proclaims that this is all down to his remedies and makes a fortune. Everyone is happy.
Rehearsals are underway now for our next production and the cast is as follows:
Adina Samantha Hawkins
Gianetta Lizzie Hillyard
Dr Dulcamara Nick Bird
Sergeant Belcore John Clack
Nemorino Desmond Holmes
Director Susanne Smith
Musical Director Maggi Warren
Pianist Karen Smith
The Chorus is sounding good but we do need, as ever, more tenors and basses. If you are interested in joining us please ring 01263 761482. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at the Loades Hall, Holt Methodist Church, Holt at 7.30.
This opera is a very funny ‘Rom-Com’ combining Donizetti’s beautiful sweeping melodies with plenty of colour and movement on stage and, of course a happy ending all round!