Scottish Opera –The Elixir of Love, (5 stars)

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sat 24 Oct

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Scottish Opera –The Elixir of Love,

Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is a feel-good opera with a lighthearted tale of true love triumphing against the silliness of the odds that come its way. With its predictable ‘all’s well that ends well’ outcome, Scottish Opera’s revival of Giles Havergal’s production is an affectionate staging that is as skilfully cast this time round as when first seen in 1994. Elena Xanthoudakis, making her Scottish Opera debut in the role of Adina, performs Donizetti’s vocal gymnastics as if she sings them every day of her life (maybe she does?), while looking like a diminutive, pretty dancing doll twirling round atop a music box.

In contrast, Edgaras Montvidas as her ultimately successful lover, Nemorino, is a rural simpleton who sees life in black and white. Vocally, he is the less supple singer, but as a central character to Donizetti’s snapshot of rural, autumnal coloured Italian life, he is critical to the success of what goes on in the picture frame in which the production is set. As is the orchestra, who under the baton of Francesco Corti, move the story along in appropriately playful mood.

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Scottish Opera: The Elixir of Love

  • 5 stars

A revival of Giles Havergal's massively successful 1994 production of Donizetti's charming opera buffa. The comedy of errors follows the peasant Nemorino's misguided attempts to win the love of the haughty Adina with a love potion, and features some of Donizetti's most sparkling and moving music. Francesco Corti conducts…

Scottish Opera: The Elixir of Love Unwrapped

If the thought of sitting through a full-length opera fills you with trepidation, or if you're a seasoned opera-goer with an interest in what happens backstage, this hour-long taster is a perfect introduction to the workings behind the scenes and an introduction to the principal characters and plot.

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