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Ended 22 Jun 2017 after 26 days

Laurent Pelly brings his celebrated production of Donizetti's opera back to the ROH

Closed 22 Jun 2017

Laurent Pelly's sparkling production returns!

The sunshine is coming back to the UK as spring is underway, and what better way than to celebrate than to treat yourself to this sunny operatic gem by Donizetti, specially revived by French opera impresario Laurent Pelly. Two world casts lead this production in rep, featuring opera stars Pretty Yende and Rolando Villazon, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna. Venture out to the sun-filled fields of 1950s rural Italy where the haystacks shine golden and ancient trucks put along dusty roads. Touching romance, hilarious comedy are brought together in Donizetti's celebrated score.

The power of belief

The opera is also brought to stunning life through its animated characters Nemorino proves his love for the beautiful and unattainable belle Adina with gorgeous arias whilst her flamboyant drama-queen style steadily melts as she starts to fall in love with Nemorino. Dulcamara the salesman of the titular love potion, is a bombastic character who never lets up on his irrepressible travelling entrepreneur persona. However, will the "magic potion" he sells to Nemorino actually work, or is it a mere bottle of snake oil? A heartwarming journey into the power of belief, and true love against all odds.

Additional Information


Opening night: 27 May 2017

Closing night: 22 June 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours 45 minutes, including one interval.

And before you stop reading

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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