• L'Elisir d'Amore Educator Guide

What to expect from L'Elisir d'Amore

A lovesick country boy; the beautiful, wealthy girl who has stolen his heart; a blustering officer; gullible peasants; and a quack selling potions from his horse-cart: this is the personnel of L’Elisir d’Amore, or “The Elixir of Love.” Written by Gaetano Donizetti in 1832, it is one of the most enduringly successful comic operas, and one that achieves a rare distinction: it’s a comedy with heart.

  • Classroom Activity

    A full-length activity, designed to support your ongoing curriculum.

  • Musical Highlights

    Three "Musical Highlights" designed to focus on bits of music from L'Elisir d'Amore to cultivate familiarity with the work.

  • Performance Activities

    Performance Activities for students to enjoy during the Metropolitan Opera HD transmission.

  • Post-Show Discussion

    A post-transmission activity, integrating the Live in HD experience into students' wider views of the performing arts and humanities.

L'Elisir d'Amore at the Met

Donizetti and his librettist, Felice Romani, dashed off the score within the space of a few weeks, embellishing an earlier plot by French playwright Eugène Scribe. With its timeless setup, its twists and turns, and its gentle satire of such 19th-century theatrical staples as the traveling doctor, the dashing soldier, and the lure of romantic folktales, L’Elisir d’Amore offers a good-natured exploration of the tangled webs we weave in love. The story of Adina and Nemorino, the young couple-to-be, is universal, and similar stories have been told in many different ways and styles. But for this new Met production of Donizetti’s opera, director Bartlett Sher aims for a slightly different perspective: “Nemorino is often seen as the country bumpkin,” he says. “But I think he’s a more serious character than that, and a more serious real love interest. He has difficulty expressing exactly why he is in love with Adina. We want to investigate that, so by the time he finally gets to say what he feels at the end of the show, we’ve built it up from the beginning. That’s at the center of the story.”