The Elixir of Love opens Sunday, September 26

September 16 - October 8

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CHICAGO, IL (9/17/21) — Donizetti's The Elixir of Love is opera's most heartwarming comedy, filled with delectable music that will be led by Lyric's Music Director Enrique Mazzola in this new-to-Chicago production directed by Daniel Slater. Design by Robert Innes Hopkins; original lighting design by Simon Mills; revival lighting design by Sarah Riffle; choreography by Tim Claydon; with the Lyric Opera Chorus prepared by Michael Black.

No operatic hero is more endearing than Nemorino, who pines for the flirtatious Adina. She's the owner of the town's hotel, he's her delightfully naive waiter. His only hope to win her is the "elixir" sold by the quack, Dr. Dulcamara — little does he know that it's just Bordeaux wine! From start to finish we root for Nemorino, as Adina toys with him until she finally lets him know how she really feels. Starring soprano Ailyn Pérez as Adina, Charles Castronovo as Nemorino, Joshua Hopkins as Belcore, and Kyle Ketelsen as Dulcamara.

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View Lyric’s The Elixir of Love music information summary here.

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Performance dates for The Elixir of Love are September 26, 29 and October 2, 5, and 8 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr., Chicago. Performance times vary.

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The Elixir of Love is performed in Italian with projected English translations. Estimated running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermissions.

Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by the following members of the Enrique Circle

Alice & John Butler


H. Gael Neeson

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

The Enrique Circle is comprised of Lyric’s most dedicated supporters who are committed to championing Maestro Enrique Mazzola's exciting artistic vision and legacy.

Lyric’s presentation of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is generously made possible by

Sonia Florian

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

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

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About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola, and Special Project Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. We also stand committed to training the artists of the future, through The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to becoming increasingly diverse across our audiences, staff, programming, and artists—magnifying the welcoming pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

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