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L'elisir d'amore

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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
March 14 19:00, March 16 14:00, March 18 14:00, March 21 14:00
Performers
New National Theatre
Guillermo García CalvoConductor
Cesare LieviDirector
Luigi PeregoSet Designer
Marina LuxardoCostume Designer
Lucy CroweSopranoAdina
Saimir PirguTenorNemorino
Toru OnumaBaritoneBelcore
Renato GirolamiBassDulcamara
Keiko YoshiharaSopranoGiannetta
New National Theatre Chorus
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Sung in Italian with Japanese surtitles

"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 Lucy CROWE who, since her debut in that role in London, Berlin, Munich, has quickly risen to become the world's foremost singer of Adina's part. 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.

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