OperaPrice: - Lt.
an opera in 2 acts
Music Director and Conductor Modestas Pitrėnas
Director Oskaras Koršunovas
Set and Video Designer Gintaras Makarevičius
Costume Designer Agnė Kuzmickaitė
Chorus Master Česlovas Radžiūnas
Choreographer Edita Stundytė
Premiere: 31 December, 2008
"Gaetano Donizetti‘s “L‘elisir d‘amore” is set in an Italian village, however, it is indicated in the libretto that all action is taking place in Spain, the land of the Basques. It was probably an adaptation for some particular production. For us this misunderstanding seemed to be intentional - love does not accept any principles of geography. This story simply happens in a place where the sun ripens vine in grapes and love in people. Somewhere in the South, where one can still find viaducts from Roman times, beautiful churches and little old fountains in the Town Hall squares of tiny cities and the spirits of satires still wandering in the vineyards. Somewhere, where wisdom is born out of love, just as in this opera by Donizetti."
~ Oskaras Koršunovas
Born in 1797 in Bergamo, Gaetano Donizetti was an extremely prolific composer - he wrote 611 works, among which are pieces of chamber, sacred and vocal music, also 71 opera - both seria and buffa. His musical style and his operas, always seeking psychologism and drama, had a major impact on the coming future of Italian opera. With his works Donizetti completed the period of classical bravura-like bel canto and opened up ways for Verdi and Wagner’s operas. His life, weaving from ragged childhood to world fame as if legitimated the flight of the soul within the Romantic epoch. It was a creator of highest class, incorporating into his works incredible grace, melodic artifice and spark.
In L’elisir d’amore, while still relying on the traditions of the 18th century opera buffa, Donizetti created much more than simply a comic opera. The characters of L’elisir d’amore may be coming from the opera buffa world, but composer’s music gives them much more colours. It was probably the first time in a history of opera when a dynamic middle-class theatre was shown on stage - here all characters lost their stereotypical masks embroidered with farce and due to a wise creator who was also a good psychologist they came much closer to reality. Thus what we see on stage is a solution for eternally important problem coloured by rustic idyll, which raises thoughts that are more much deeper than those driven by simple light comedy.
And still, how is it with this elixir of love? This timeless potion of fantasies and desires? Does Donizetti’s opera tell us what is the recipe for this potion? Yes, please come and see!