Hanoi to drink the "Elixir of Love'

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A comic painting of Nemorino as male lead character of the Italian opera L'elisir d'amore

The screening of a lively version of L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love), a comic opera (melodramma giocoso) in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti will take place at 7 p.m. on October 25 in Hanoi.

Originally written in haste over a six-week period, L'elisir d'amore was the most often performed opera in Italy between 1838 and 1848, and it has remained continually in the international opera repertoire. Today it is the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas: it appears as number 13 on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.

The story is about a country bumpkin (Nemorino) who longs to win the love of a more educated lady (Adina). When he hears her tell the story of Tristan and Isolde, he decides he must find the elusive Elixir of Love that will cause her to fall in love with him. An itinerant quack arrives in town selling all sorts of concoctions and the stage is set for comic misunderstandings that eventually resolve in everyone's favor.

The opera will be screened in the original Italian with English subtitles.

For those with membership at the Cinémathèque, make a reservation as usual by phoning the Cinémathèque between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 04. 3 936 2648. A limited number of tickets are also available through the Opera Guild. Send an email to info@hanoioperaguild.com. A donation of VND60,000 is suggested.
Hanoi Cinematheque is located at 22A Hai Ba Trung Street, at the end of the alley leading to Artist's Hotel.

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