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Donizetti’s sun-drenched L’elisir d’amore is coming to Thurrock with Royal Opera House

BRIGHTENING winter, the Royal Opera House will screen a live production of Donizetti’s sun-drenched L’elisir d’amore to cinemas across the UK on Wednesday 26 November.

Set in the rustic countryside of Southern Italy, Laurent Pelly’s production features an all-star cast including Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel as Dr Dulcamara, who will be singing the role for the first time at Covent Garden, and British soprano Lucy Crowe as Adina the most sophisticated lady in the village. Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo will sing the role of the love-struck Nemorino.

The romantic comedy follows the story of Nemorino who turns to a love potion supplied from Dr Dulcamara’s travelling truck of quacks to seduce Adina, who he loves from afar. Nemorino’s amorous intentions are rudely interrupted by another suitor, Sergeant Belcore, until Adina realizes where her heart truly lies.

Exuding a Mediterranean charm, cinema audiences will be enthralled by the visual humour of the production complete with giant haystacks, vespers and even a stray dog. With colourful characters and a sensational score by Donizetti, the glorious production is returning for its third revival at Covent Garden. Conducted by Daniele Rustioni, an alumnus of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme, this sunny opera is not to be missed this winter.

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