The Elixir of Love - A Note from Francesca Zambello, WNO Artistic Director
Have you ever had a crush on someone who treated you terribly? And then to make matters worse, did you go back for more, despite everyone telling you to drop it?
What if, by some miracle, the person ended up defying all odds and connected back with you?
It may sound like an episode of the next new Netflix series, but it’s actually the plot of WNO’s next opera, The Elixir of Love.
In Elixir, the protagonist, Nemorino, is mooning over Adina. He buys a love potion sold to him by some quack to help him win the girl of his dreams. This being opera, Nemorino sings one of the biggest hits of all operas, “Una furtiva lagrima,” when he believes that the elixir has worked.
Who has not felt like Nemorino? We’ve all experienced unrequited love, and what makes this opera so enchanting is that Adina really does love Nemorino in the end. Our comic and heartfelt ride concludes with a happily ever after.
I urge you to come see this opera and share it with friends. It’s a wonderful “date” opera. It’s a fun family opera. And it’s a great first-timer opera. Bring someone new with you! The Elixir of Love will sweep you up with its direct and honest emotions and catchy, tuneful music.
I will see you there!