Donizetti was one of the most prolific composers of his age. Apart from his emotionally rich tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor, he was primarily known for his comic operas. With a kind and indulgent smile, L'elisir d'amore broaches a question that is important to all of us: what is it that makes two people fall in love with each other?
For lack of better options, the poor peasant lad Nemorino puts his faith in the love potion concocted by the charlatan “doctor” Dulcamara, while his adored Adina gradually realises that it is not the power of money, but the strength of commitment that is able to sustain a relationship. As the two youngsters fall for each other and Dulcamara stuffs his wallet, the audience gets to once again hear the – ageless – bravura arias and duets, secure in the anticipation of a happy ending.