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The greatly-applauded staging of L'elisir d’amore created in 2006 by Laurent Pelly is back on stage at the London Royal Opera House. With boundless imagination and a perfect mix of sentimentality and frivolity, this version transposes Donizetti's comic opera about rural life to Fellini's Italy in the 1950s. The production has been reprised several times but it will mark my debut at the Royal Opera House, conducting a great cast comprised of Nadine Sierra (in her debut as Adina) Liparit Avetisyan (Nemorino), Boris Pinkhasovich (Belcore) and Sir Bryn Terfel (Doctor Dulcamara).

I'm well-acquainted with this masterpiece, having conducted it for the first time in 2017 at the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris with my company Les Voix Concertantes and then, a year later, at Teatro La Fenice (Venice debut) and in 2020 at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl and Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. So I'm delighted to be adding the prestigious Royal Opera House to this list.

OPERA AT THE CINEMA L’elisir d’amore will be on stage on 22, 25, 28 September and 3, 5, 10 October with the final performance reserved for schools, while on Thursday 5 October at 8.15 p.m. (CEST) it will be broadcast live at cinemas all over the world with a repeat broadcast on Sunday 8 October at 3 p.m. (CEST). The list of cinemas can be found here:


Cover photo © Clive Barda


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