Love blooms in this spirited new telling of Donizetti’s evergreen rom-com, from the director of SO: On Screen’s Così fan tutte.
What hope does a poor gardener have? None, in the romantic jungle of Regency England. Or so it would seem. Naive young Nemorino adores Adina (who also happens to be his boss). Adina, wealthy and sophisticated, barely notices his existence. Enter Dulcamara – travelling salesman extraordinaire – and his miraculous ‘elixir of love’! But will it be magic, or a more natural kind of chemistry altogether, that finally brings this oddly-matched pair together?
Donizetti’s sparkling score balances mischievous humour with beautifully tender moments – including Nemorino’s poignant ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ – the story fizzing along between sincere sentiment and fast-paced patter.
Director Roxana Haines (Così fan tutte 2020, La boheme 2020), looks to the elegance and wit of Jane Austen for this sunny new production. Featuring Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Arthur Bruce, Catriona Hewitson and Shengzhi Ren, alongside Roland Wood (La boheme 2020) as Dulcamara, an 18-strong chorus and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, it promises a fresh new take on this ever-entertaining and romantic tale of love, jealously and joy.
All performers observe current physical distancing guidelines throughout the filming of this concert