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Performances Through December 9

The Elixir of Love

By Gaetano Donizetti



November 19-December 9


Gaetano Donizetti


Felice Romani


Starting at $26

Run Time

2 hours and 42 minutes with one intermission



In Vino Veritas. Riviera Style.

With no money, no confidence, and no hope of winning the hand of the alluring hotel owner Adina, the young waiter Nemorino entrusts his chance of romance to a quack salesman and a dubious bottle of. . . magic elixir.

Passions bubble to the surface in Gaetano Donizetti’s effervescent comedy The Elixir of Love, a quest for passion and romance on the sunny Mediterranean Riviera.

Director Daniel Slater and designer Robert Innes Hopkins create a sun-soaked world of pleasure where cocktails flow freely and hot-air balloons glide across the sky—a harkening back to Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, brought to musical life under the baton of conductor Ramón Tebar in his company debut.

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The Buzz

“S.F. Opera’s ‘Elixir’ is a bundle of comedic charm”
—The San Francisco Chronicle

“[Peni] Pati’s combination of vocal elegance and unbridled charisma is a well-established feature of his appearances here, and his Nemorino was no exception.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Zámecníková ... gave a masterful performance as Adina, lofting crystalline peals of melody and capturing the character’s blend of supercilious tenderness.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

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Lacking money, confidence and hope, a timid young waiter Nemorino gambles everything he has for a chance at an intoxicating romance with the alluring Adina.

Courtesy of Opera North

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* San Francisco Opera Debut

November 19, 24, 26, 29, 2023
December 5, 9, 2023

Daniel Slater production

A co-production of San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, originally created by Opera North, UK

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; the San Francisco Opera Guild; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem