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L'Elisir d'Amore
Educator Guide (Spanish)
Adina/Dulcamara duet (SATB)

L'Elisir d'Amore

Story & Setting:

In this operatic version of a rom-com, the lovable and bumbling Nemorino tries everything to woo spunky landowner Adina. The small town hijinks involve a visiting company of soldiers, an unexpected inheritance, and a traveling swindler peddling a magical cure for all woes, romantic or otherwise.

Opera Notes:

Despite being on the lighter side, Donizetti’s signature bel canto style is on full display in this work, with incredibly memorable vocal lines for the main characters, specifically the show-stopping tenor aria “Una furtive lagrima.” The appealing nature of the musical score, character development, and feel-good plot all make this one of the most consistently popular comic operas of the last 200 years.

Sung in



2 hours & 45 minutes

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)


Duet "Quanto amore" (Pretty Yende & Ildebrando D’Arcangelo)

Met Opera (current production)

"Una furtiva lagrima" (Matthew Polenzani)

Met Opera (current production)

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