The Elixir of Love

September 26. 2021 - October 08. 2021

Upcoming Dates

September 26. 2021 - October 08. 2021

New-to-Chicago Production The Elixir of Love


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. Elixir is opera’s most heartwarming comedy, filled with Donizetti’s delectable music that brings nonstop smiles.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English texts
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

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* Lyric debut

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

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

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.

Production photos: Pittsburgh Opera/c. 2018 David Bachman Photography