In 1832, at the height of his career, Donizetti produces a playful drama that plays with conventions, libretto by Felice Romani. L’elisir d’amore takes advantage of the author’s knowledge gained over the course of his career, in a balanced work between the comic, the sentimental and the metatheatrical. The playful vein of Donizetti, composed of fresh invention and popular cues, is used here in a plot based on love and misunderstanding.
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) is the most prolific 19th century Italian composer: in his catalog there are over seventy operatic titles of different genres. Part of the semi-serious repertoire L’elisir d’amore together with La fille du régiment and Don Pasquale, the serious works of the “Tudor trilogy” (Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Roberto Devereux) and Lucia di Lammermoor, making him one of the most loved and well-known exponents of musical Romanticism.
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