About L’Elisir d’Amore
This sweet and light comedy by Gaetano Donizetti features the wonderful Anna Netrebko as Adina, Ramón Vargas as Nemorino, and Erwin Schrott as the ridiculous but amiable Dulcamara, the creator of the title’s magic love potion. This production of Donizetti’s most-performed work, designed by Bartlett Sher, was lauded as “handsome and insightful” by The New York Times.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
The list of conductors who have led the Met’s performances is equally storied, including Arturo Toscanini, Gustav Mahler, Bruno Walter and the current music director, James Levine, who has been with the Met since 1971. Levine has conducted more than 2,500 performances, more than any other conductor in the opera’s history.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Two hours and 41 minutes
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
One of the opera’s plot twists, in which Adina buys Nemorino’s military contract to spare him from service, was drawn from the life of the composer, who had his own contract purchased by a wealthy female admirer.
Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott are a couple in real life, with a six-year-old son.
This is a great chance to see one of the most fabulous couples in operatic history perform a thoroughly enjoyable musical of diversion in a production of uncommon depth.
Good for kids?
This opera may not be suitable for children
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center