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Times are changing and in the area of social distancing the Israeli Opera came up with a special format of opera productions that are intact with the health regulations and restrictions we live in. The vast stage of the opera house will now become a special theater auditorium for 200 people (sitting according to the clear restrictions of the time) who will engulf the acting space in which powerful musical-theatrical events will enfold in front of them. In this way a very special intimate, almost hands-on, experience will emerge, entirely different from the way we are used to experience opera in regular times.
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Cast
Conductor Ethan Schmeisser
Director Ido Ricklin
Costume Designer Oren Dar
Lighting Designer Adi Shimroni
Movement Yiftach Mizrahi
Design Consultant Einat Sanderovich


 

Soloists:   

Adina Hila Baggio
Nemorino Anthony Webb
Belcore Oded Reich
Dulcamara Pnini Leon Grubner
Gianetta Tal Bergman
Ensemble Tom Ben Ishai
  Shira Cohen
Tom Cohen
Tamara Navot
Moti Stepak
  Doron Florentin

 

Libretto: Felice Romani

 

Sung in Italian

English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval

 

Duration: Aprox 1 hour and 45 minutes without intermission

synopsis

ACT I
Villagers are resting in the field, and in the background, Adina is reading a book. Nemorino, a simple and shy villager, looks at Adina yearningly, contemplating how he could make her fall in love with him. Suddenly, Adina bursts out laughing and recounts the legend of the miraculous love elixir which helped Tristan conquer Isolde’s heart. Soldiers approach, led by Belcore, a sergeant full of his own importance and manly charm who immediately proposes to Adina. Stunned, Nemorino is amazed by this unexpected rival, and confesses his love to Adina, but she refuses him, explaining that she is simply unable to return anybody’s love.
The entire village is excited by the arrival of Dr. Dulcamara, a charlatan traveling salesman offering various elixirs and especially an antidote for all ailments. Upon Nemorino‘s request, the “doctor” prepares a love potion for him, explaining that it takes effect only after 24 hours (ample time for Dulcamara to leave the village). Nemorino drinks the love potion, unaware that it is nothing but cheap Bordeaux wine, and becomes tipsy, believing, in his naivete, that tomorrow Adina will return his love. Adina, surprised by Nemorino’s changed behavior, and wanting to aggravate him, agrees to marry Belcore in six days time. But as Belcore suddenly receives an order to leave the village immediately, Adina decides to marry him on the spot. Nemorino’s despair is total.

ACT II
The villagers gather at Adina and Belcore’s wedding reception, all except Nemorino. But Adina’s revenge cannot be complete without his being there, and so she postpones the final signature of the nuptial agreement. Nemorino is searching for Dulcamara and when he finds him, pleads for an additional potion. Dulcamara indeed offers another potion which might help, but Nemorino does not have the money to pay for it. In his total despair he decides to join the army. Belcore willingly offers Nemorino the enlistment grant, believing that this is his opportunity to get rid of this ridiculous pestering rival. Nemorino believes that the additional potion will finally make Adina love him.


News spread through the village that Nemorino has inherited a fortune from his rich uncle who has died. The ridiculed simpleton suddenly becomes a most sought after bachelor and believes that it is the result of the love potion. Adina is surprised when Dulcamara tells her that Nemorino has joined the army, and realizes that his love for her is strong and sincere. She realizes that she truly loves Nemorino. Adina buys back Nemorino’s enlistment papers from Belcore and presents them to Nemorino, confessing her love for him. After all the trials and tribulations, Nemorino and Adina make peace with each other. Belcore, confident of his male charm, leaves for another village searching for new love, while Nemorino and Adina hurry to the marriage canopy.

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