L’elisir d’amore coming to Joburg Theatre

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Gauteng Opera presents one of the most charming and most-performed comic bel canto operas ever written.

During August, Gauteng Opera will present one of the most charming and most-performed comic bel canto operas ever written: L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), proudly funded by The National Lottery Commission and supported by the Joburg Theatre and Creative Feel

L’elisir d’amore coming to Joburg Theatre
L’elisir d’amore coming to Joburg Theatre

From 2 to 7 August 2016, Gauteng’s most vibrant opera company will present this comic two-act opera by composer Gaetano Donizetti and lyricist Felice Romani at the Mandela of the Joburg Theatre. The opera is based on Eugène Scribe’s libretto for Daniel Auber’s Le philtre (1831) and premiered on 12 May 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.

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Gauteng Opera is proud and honoured to bring back the two stars of 2015’s La Traviata in Concert – Arjan Tien will conduct the production and Bronwen Forbay will sing the female lead, Adina. Other cast members include Luthando Qave as Belcore, and sharing the role of Nemorino will be Thabiso Masemene and Gauteng Opera tenor, Kagiso Boroko. We are also happy to have ex-Gauteng Opera soprano Caroline Nkwe singing the role of Gianetta. Lastly, the elixir seller Dulcamara will be sung by Thato Machona. Gauteng Opera CEO, Marcus Tebogo Desando, directs and London-based South African, Declan Randall, will design the lighting.

Written in haste in a six-week period, L’elisir d’amore was the most often performed opera in Italy between 1838 and 1848 and it has remained continually in the international opera repertory. Today it is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti’s operas. Donizetti insisted on a number of changes from the original Scribe libretto. The most well-known of these was the insertion of “Una furtiva lagrima” and the duet between Adina and Nemorino in the first act, “Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera”.

In general, under Donizetti’s hands, the subject became more romantic than in the Auber version and there is also personal history in this opera. Donizetti’s military service was bought by a rich woman, so that, unlike his brother Giuseppe (also a well-known composer) he did not have to serve in the Austrian army.

Performances of L’elisir d’amore will take place on Tuesday, 02 August at 20:00, Thursday, 4 August at 20:00, Saturday, 6 August at 20:00 and Sunday, 07 August at 15:00. Tickets range from R200 – R500 and are available online at www.joburgtheatre.com or 011 877 6853 / 011 877 6917.

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