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|Donizetti, G. (1797-1848)
First performed May 12, 1832.
Libretto by Felice Romani (in Itarian),
after Scribe and Malaperta.
|A Summary of gL'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)h
In the 19th century, in Spain, a beautiful and rich
lady, Adina, reads the book gTristan and Isoldeh to the people in her village.
A young and poor villager, Nemorino, also listens to the story which she reads.
In that story, Tristan takes the elixir of love, and Isolde falls passionately
in love with him. So, Nemorino thinks, gIfd like to get the elixir of love. I
wish it were true.h Because, he loves Adina.
Then, sergeant Belcore appears, and he attempts to seduce Adina who is
the most beautiful lady in this village. Nemorino is frustrated by the
appearance of a masculine rival.
A traveling purveyor of medicines, Dulcamara, arrives in the village. He
advertises a potion capable of curing anything. Nemorino asks him if he
has the elixir of love, which Tristan took. Actually, Dulcamara is an impostor.
He sells Nemorino a bottle of cheap wine, and explains to him, gThis elixir
will have an effect on you, tomorrow.h Dulcamara intends to run away before
this day is over.
Nemorino tells Adina that she will fall in love with him the next day.
Adina gets angry. She declares she is going to marry the sergeant Belcore,
this day. Nemorino begs her to wait till the next day. But Adina ignores
Nemorino attempts to buy one more bottle of elixir,
but he doesnft have enough money. So, he decides to sugn up for the army, in
order to get the sign-op money they offer.
Adina is given an account of Nemorinofs plan from Dulcamara. Adina learning
that Nemorino is willing to risk his life by entering the army is moved
to tears by Nemorinofs affection for her. Nemorino also notices her tears,
and understands their meaning.
Adina pays Nemorinofs sign-up money back, and marries him. After all,
Dulcamarafs elixir has an effect. Dulcamara peacefully leaves the village.
|A Comment on gL'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)h
|Gaetano Donizetti who is an Italian composer, composed
more than 70 operas in his life. This opera, gL'elisir
d'amore (The Elixir of Love),h is the most famous opera of Donizettifs operas.
The manager of Teatro alla Canobbiana in Milan requested Donizetti to compose
an opera, and Donizetti completed composing this opera in only two weeks.
Donizetti was well-known for writing operas quickly, so to speak, he was an artisan
of opera. The world premiere of
this opera achieved a great success, so this opera was performed for a month,
which was remarkable for that time.
The story of this opera is a mere comedy with respect to the elixir of
love. But you can listen to melodies which are filled with sorrow in this
opera. You will be fascinated with a mysterious atmosphere between comedy
and sorrow. The heroine, Adina, is not only a mere beautiful and rich lady
but also a lady who has a tender heart. Nemorino is not only a mere young
and poor villager but also a younger man who has passionate heart. You
can enjoy double characters in this opera.
There is no doubt that Nemorinofs aria, gUna furtiva
lagrima (A Furtive Tear),h in act 2 is the most lyrical and famous aria in all
operas. Some people want to listen only to this Tenorfs aria. But, this opera
contains other wonderful arias and duets. You should appreciate these songs.
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