L’elisir d’amore

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L’elisir d’amore is a melodramma giocoso (comic melodrama, opera buffa) in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto, after Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's Le philtre.

The original text

The opera premiered on 12 May 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1965: Presented by the EOAN Group.

1975: Presented by CAPAB Opera.

1976: Presented by PACOFS Opera.

1977: Presented by CAPAB Opera.

1990: Presented by CAPAB Opera (10–24 October)

1999: Presented by Cape Town Opera (12–17 July)

2009: Presented by Cape Town Opera (23 – 29 August)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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