Running time is approx. 2 hours 35 mins including intervals
"L'Elisir d'Amore" is a masterpiece by Gaetano DONIZETTI, best known for his bel canto operas. It is the story of Nemorino, a youth who hears the story of how a potion made Tristan und Isolde fall in love and sets out to woo Adina, the most beautiful woman in the village. The music itself directly conveys the characters of Nemorino, the lead character, unable to convey his love as he feels it, and of Adina whose heart is in a tumult for love. At every turn we get a real feel for DONIZETTI's skill, such as in the supreme musical moment in the opera when Nemorino sings "Una furtiva lagrima" ("A furtive tear"), or in the bright and distinctive Sergeant Belcore, the villain of the piece, or in Dr. Dulcamara's witty personality. The lively voice of the chorus further rouses the mood on stage. This production by Cesare LIEVI (first staged in 2009) saw the appearance of props like a 9-meter-long book and huge letters of the alphabet, and an actual-size small airplane, earning it a reputation for playfulness and on-the-mark psychological portrayals.
The role of Adina is played by Lucrezia DREI. Nemorino is played by Saimir PIRGU, one of the world's most prominent tenors with a voice of great beauty. Dr. Dulcamara is played by Renato GIROLAMI. The conductor is Guillermo García CALVO, a young, spirited musician with a particular flair for opera and who appears at the New National Theatre Tokyo for the first time.
Conductor Guillermo García CALVO 1
Production Cesare LIEVI 2
Set Design Luigi PEREGO
Costume Design Marina LUXARDO
Lighting Design TATSUTA Yuji
Adina Lucrezia DREI 3
Nemorino Saimir PIRGU 4
Belcore ONUMA Toru 5
Dulcamara Renato GIROLAMI 6
Giannetta YOSHIHARA Keiko 7
Chorus New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday, 12th November 2017, 10:00 am (GMT+9:00)
The New National Theatre, Tokyo Box Office:
10:00 - 18:00
Tickets are sold via the website of PIA Corporation.
Under 15s discounts and Z Seats (Day Tickets) are available online. Other types of discount tickets are not available online. Please inquire at the Box Office or by telephone. (+81-(0)3-5352-9999 10:00 - 18:00)
Booking Z seats (Day Tickets) 1,620 yen
Z seats are available online from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the day of the performance. One ticket per person.