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L'Elisir d'amore (1996)

| Music, Comedy | TV Movie


Brian Large


Eugène Scribe (after: the comedy by "Le Philtre") (as Scribe), Felice Romani (libretto: A comic opera in two acts)




Credited cast:
Roberto Alagna Roberto Alagna ... Nemorino
Angela Gheorghiu ... Adina
Simone Alaimo Simone Alaimo ... Dulcamara
Roberto Scaltriti Roberto Scaltriti ... Belcore
Elena Dan Elena Dan ... Giannetta
Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon ... Themselves - Orchestre
Evelino Pidò Evelino Pidò ... Himself - Conductor
Choeurs de l'Opéra de Lyon Choeurs de l'Opéra de Lyon ... Choeur (as Choeur de l'Opéra National de Lyon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharona Applebaum Sharona Applebaum ... Chorus
Luce Bekistan Luce Bekistan ... Madame Dulcamara
Dominique Beneforti Dominique Beneforti ... Chorus
Sophie Calmel Sophie Calmel ... Chorus
Marc Fournier Marc Fournier ... Chorus
Charles Gibbs Charles Gibbs ... Chorus
Simon Haynes Simon Haynes ... Chorus


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Music | Comedy



Official Sites:

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France | UK



Also Known As:

L'élixir d'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyon, France

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The performance under the patronage of UNESCO and Director General Federico Mayor is to benefit the reconstruction of Theatre Fenice, Venice in collaboration with The Cultural Institute of Italy. See more »


Featured in Love Potion, Making Elisir (1997) See more »

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The Potion of Love= what a charming operatic treat!
10 November 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This 1996 production is a very charming one, and does Donizett's brilliant comic opera to justice perfectly. The production is benefited by some lovely sets and the gorgeous costumes. I will give it isn't the most lavish opera production I have ever seen, but what I liked most about it is that in terms of design it goes for simplicity while being effective as well.

Donizetti's music is a true treat. The highlight of the score is the beautiful O Furtiva Lagrima, which is probably one of the most heart-rending arias in the history of opera. Anything Dulcamara sings is bound to have you in giggles, and Adina has some truly beautiful music to show off.

The conducting is spot on, and the orchestra play beautifully throughout. If I had any criticism at all, it would be that I did find that in O Furtiva Lagrima, that Roberto Alagna was slightly behind the orchestra. But no matter, because it was still a heart-rending performance of the aria.

The singing is brilliant, and the acting is just as good. Roberto Alagna is in fine vocal form, and is wonderfully feckless as Nemorino. Angela Gheorghiu, who is getting better vocally every time I hear her, is stunning as Adina. Roberto Scaltriti is very good as Belcore, while Simone Alaimo is just superb as the quack Dulcamara, and comes very close to stealing the show.

All in all, perfectly charming, and I was absolutely convinced by this production. A must see! 9/10 Bethany Cox

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