Small picture of Donizetti




Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

Glyndebourne Touring Opera, UK, Autumn 2007

  Photographs by Mike Hoban, who holds the copyright, supplied  courtesy of  Glyndebourne Opera, UK.


Cast and production

Adina - Adriana Kucerova

Nemorino - Peter Auty

Belcore - Massimo Cavalletti

Dulcamara - Luciano Di Pasquale


Conductor - Enrique Mazzola

Director - Annabel Arden

Stage design - Lez Brotherston

Lighting - Giuseppe di Ionio


Glyndebourne Touring Opera are taking their productions to a number of venues in the UK in Autumn.  The production by Annabel Arden updated the plot to the 1920 or 1930's and drew  praise for its straightforward, traditional, storytelling, excellent voices and the able conducting of  Enrique Mazzola, although there was a feeling that some details still needed working on before its appearance at the main house in 2009.

George Hall in the Guardian (October 15, 2007) talks of  "Luciano di Pasquale's ... adroitly sung and acted comic performance (as Dr. Dulcamara)" , "Adriana Kucerova's Adina ... delivered with fresh tone and considerable facility", Massimo Cavalletti's Sergeant Belcore punched out " with a level of military bravado that never tips over into the boorish", while finding " the evening's main event ... Peter Auty's Nemorino" delivered with "a tone many Italian lyric tenors would kill for, and a graceful sense of style".  Hall felt that the production and conducting could be improved in some details but overall judged it a success.  Edward Seckerson in the Independent (October 17) was of much the same opinion. Anthony Holden in the Observer (October 21, 2007) found even less to criticise and again  thought that "the jewel in the show's crown is the lovelorn Nemorino of Peter Auty".


Adriana Kucerova as Adina (centre) with Eliana Pretorian as Giannetta (right)
and The Glyndebourne Chorus


Adriana Kucerova as Adina and Massimo Cavalletti as Sergeant Belcore


Adriana Kucerova as Adina, with The Glyndebourne Chorus


Peter Auty as Nemorino and Luciano Di Pasquale as Dr Dulcamara


Peter Auty as Nemorino, with Luciano Di Pasquale as Dr Dulcamara (top) and Robert Luckay as Dr Dulcamara's assistant (bottom)


Peter Auty as Nemorino and Adriana Kucerova as Adina




Page initially published in 2007