The more than productive musical career of Gaetano Donizetti with almost 70 operas to his credit reached one of his undeniable summits with The Elixir of Love. It was composed in a few weeks and premiered when the wounds of the fiasco of his previous opera had not had time to heal.
The destiny of his new creation would be, however, completely different: a warm reception throughout Europe right from the premiere, The Elexir of Love placed Donizetti on the podium of the most popular Italian composers, and from that point he always played an important role in opera repertory.
The most inspired of the few comic librettos that Felice Romani wrote motivated the composer to give birth to a kind of music that, keeping well in mind many of the comic elements of the tradition of the Comic opera, he did not relinquish the opportunity to propose melodies that aspire, above all, to move the audience.
Donizetti’s magic potion (or not), that transcends Adina and Nemorinos’s love – a love at first unthinkable, and later so complete – demands portentous voices to reveal their force. In exchange they guarantee an extraordinary trip without ever leaving your seat.