Premiere performances: 22 and 24 September at the State Opera
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The State OperaApproximate running time
2 hours 35 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutesLanguage
In Italian, surtitles in Czech, EnglishPremiere
September 22, 2023
The buffa L’elisir d’amore, about a marvellous elixir, which isn’t actually marvellous at all, yet serves its purported purpose, has entertained global audiences for more than 190 years.
State Opera Chorus
State Opera Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet
Gaetano Donizetti completed his 40th opera within a mere fortnight. The piece premiered to great acclaim in 1832 at the Teatro alla Canobbiana in Milan.
Essentially depicting a story of quackery seasoned with a love plot, the music draws considerably upon the Italian folk song tradition. Telling the simple tale of Nemorino, a naïve peasant who falls in love with Adina, a wealthy landowner, and strives to win her heart by means of a miraculous potion (in fact just cheap red wine), Donizetti created one of the most sparkling comic operas of all, one abounding in splendid gags and tender melodies. What is more, within a few bars the composer managed to perfectly outline situations and aptly render human characters: the cunning itinerant swindler Dulcamara, who sells such cure-alls as a rejuvenation remedy and love concoction; the bragging sergeant Belcore; the self-confident belle Adina; and the diffident Nemorino.
Noteworthy is the fact that in May 1904 Prague welcomed Enrico Caruso, the most celebrated tenor of all time, who dazzled as Nemorino at the Neues deutsches Theater (today State Opera).
Our new production has been undertaken by the German stage director Julia Burbach, nominated in 2019 for the “Best Newcomer” prize in the prestigious International Opera Awards poll.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in February-June 2024.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!
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