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Bologna, at the Comunale Noveau The elixir of love is inspired by the exuberant painting of Fernando Botero
The direction of the proven show is by Victor García Sierra, with the young director Diego Ceretta taking the podium
Organized by: Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Bologna Municipal Theater Foundation Presents

“ Opera Noveau – Opera Season 2023 ”
It is inspired by the painting of the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero  – who passed away last September –, the colorful display of theElixir of love of Gaetano Donizetti produced by Nausica Opera International, scheduled in Opera Season 2023 of the Municipal Theater of Bologna from 24 to 30 November 2023 to the Municipal Nouveau, the temporary space in the fairgrounds.

Signed by Victor Garcia Sierra for the direction and the scenes, the show was performed for the first time at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto in 2014 with Botero himself present in the room. In the second half in Bologna the 27-year-old will get on the podium Diego Waxing, a talent on the rise: principal conductor of the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana since last March, he recently enjoyed great success at the Wexford Festival Opera in another Donizetti title, the rare Zoraida of Grenade.

«Generosity and color are characteristics that identify the unique and unmistakable style of maestro Fernando Botero» – explains the director Victor Sierra, Venezuelan by origin and Italian by adoption – «In an attempt to combine his style with Italian work, I was inspired by two of his paintings from the series The circus; from one I developed the scenography, from the other a clear reference of its characters with those of the opera The elixir of love». The set-up is completed by the costumes designed by Marco Guion and the lights from Stefano Gorreri.

Protagonists on stage, alternating in the performances on 24, 26, 29 November and 25, 28, 30 November will be Karen Gardeazabal is Lavinia Bini in Adina's part, Juan Francisco Gatell is Valerio Borgioni like Nemorino, Andrew Vincenzo Bonsignore is Ian Antem as Belcore e Marco Filippo Romano is Vincenzo Taormina in those of Doctor Dulcamara; Elena Borin plays Giannetta. The Orchestra and Choir, prepared by Gea Garatti Ansini, are those of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna.

The elixir of love it is among the most loved and most represented works of Donizetti. 'Playful melodrama  in two acts with a libretto by Happy Romans, adapted from Le Philtre (The filter) of Eugene Scribe, was performed for the first time at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan on 12 May 1832. The success was immediate for the opera which can be light but also melancholic, as evidenced by Nemorino's famous aria A furtive tear.

(Photocredit, Fabio Parenzan)
Bologna, at the Comunale Noveau The elixir of love is inspired by the exuberant painting of Fernando Botero

Other information of interest

The performances will be preceded – approximately 45 minutes before the start – by one brief presentation of the workin the Foyer of the Comunale Nouveau.

Also in the Foyer, visible during all performances of Donizetti's masterpiece, there is one exhibition dedicated to the redevelopment work underway at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna. Curated by Cristina Berselli and Gabriele Fiolo, the exhibition presents photos by Ivano Adversi and Gabriele Fiolo and videos by Mario Tarquini – Ottiche Creative.


Director Diego Ceretta
Direction Victor Garcia Sierra

Main interpreters
Adina Karen Gardeazabal (24, 26, 29) /
Lavinia Bini (25, 28, 30)
Nemorino  Juan Francisco Gatell (24, 26, 29) /
Valerio Borgioni  (25, 28, 30)
Belcore Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore (24, 26, 29) /
Ian Antem (25, 28, 30)
Doctor Dulcamara Marco Filippo Romano (24, 26, 29) /
Vincenzo Taormina (25, 28, 30)
Giannetta Elena Borin

Choir Orchestra and Technicians of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna

Choir Master Gea Garatti Ansini

Nausica Opera International staging


Gaetano Donizetti
The elixir of love

Playful melodrama in two acts
Booklet of Felice Romani adapted from Le Philtre by Eugène Scribe

World Premiere:
Milan, Teatro della Canobbiana, 12 May 1832


24 November 2023 at 8pm 'before'
performances 25 and 28 November at 6pm | November 26th at 4pm | 29 and 30 November at 8pm

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