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The Elixir Of Love

11 August 2014 – 31 August 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Opera Australia

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Italian opera meets the Australian outback in this much-loved production of The Elixir of Love , Donizetti's tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve tale of a shy boy and a bold girl directed by Simon Phillips. 

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Italian opera meets the Australian outback when Donizetti's tongue-in cheek, heart-on-sleeve tale of a shy boy and a bold girl returns in this cheeky production directed by Simon Phillips. Best of all, a knockout cast - Rachelle Durkin, Aldo Di Toro, Samuel Dundas and Conal Coad - means that Donizetti's music shines as brightly as ever under the Antipodean skies. "It's bright, it's bucolic, and it'll be a barrel of laughs" Says Phillips.

 Italian opera meets the Australian outback when Donizetti's tongue-in cheek, heart-on-sleeve tale of a shy boy and a bold girl returns in this cheeky production directed by Simon Phillips. Best of all, a knockout cast - Rachelle Durkin, Aldo Di Toro, Samuel Dundas and Conal Coad - means that Donizetti's music shines as brightly as ever under the Antipodean skies. "It's bright, it's bucolic, and it'll be a barrel of laughs" Says Phillips.

Director Simon Phillips' much-loved production of Donizetti's 
The Elixir of Love is set in an Australian country town circa 1915. "If you're doing a comic opera  it's useful to get it as close to  a contemporary world as you legitimately can," he says, "because that affords you the possibility of laughs of recognition as well as situation."

So how does the story of
Elixir  pan out down under? There's  Adina, the squatter's daughter  who wants to play the field before settling down. There's Nemorino,  the lovestruck labourer who loves reading romantic poetry in his spare time. There's Belcore, the English officer who fancies having a fine young lady on his arm. Then there's the travelling larrikin, Dulcamara, who offers to solve everyone's problems with a drop of the good stuff.

As Phillips points out, the regiment of soldiers and all the talk of conscription mean that a modern adaptation would have jarred, but setting the story in Australia in 1915 provides a rich vein of comic material to add to the mix. It also inspired set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and costume designer Gabriela 
Tylesova to come up with one of Opera Australia's favourite entrances when our heroine, Adina, rides into town on a corrugated iron horse.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
 

 

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Artist Information

Conductor: Guillaume Tourniaire/Tahu Matheson
Director: Simon Phillips
Set Designer: Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer: Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting Designer: Nick Schlieper

Adina: Rachelle Durkin
Nemorino: Aldo Di Toro
Belcore: Samuel Dundas
Dulcamara: Conal Coad
Gianetta: Katherine Wiles


Pricing Information

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Concession* $44 - $284
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Performance Dates

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 20 minute interval (approximate and subject to alteration)

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