Tayside Opera set for Elixir of Love

Brechin Cathedral
Brechin Cathedral

Tayside Opera is set to bring its latest production, ‘L’Elisir D’amore’ (The Elixir of Love), to Brechin Cathedral on Friday (May 31) at 7.30 p.m.

The comic opera, by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, is set in a Basque village where Nemorino, a simple farmer, falls in love with Adina, a supercilious wealthy landowner who spurns him and treats him with contempt.

A bombastic army sergeant appears on the scene, immediately woos Adina and proposes marriage.

She is flattered, but turns him down. Nemorino, however, is very jealous.

When the itinerant quack, Dr Dulcamara, arrives offering a fake medicine which will cure all ills. Nemorino believes he has found the answer to his problems.

In order to pay for his medicine, Nemorino accepts Belcore’s offer of money to join the army.

In order to annoy Nemorino, Adina agrees to marry Belcore.

However, it then emerges that Nemorino’s rich uncle has died, leaving Nemorino a fortune.

Suddenly, local girls show a great interest in him, which he attributes to Dulcamara’s elixir.

Adina realises she does in fact love Nemorino, and buys him out of the army to marry him.

The role of Adina is sung by Moira Docherty, Nemorino by Mike Towers and Bellore by Alister Allan.

The musical director is Richard Johnston, and the accompanist is Robert Duncan.

The opera contains wonderful music for soloists and chorus, and sends its audience on its way smiling at the comedy and humming the many lovely tunes.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for concessions) and includes refreshment and are available on the door or from Cheryl Birse.

To contact Cheryl, please call her on 01356 626282.

Founded in 1968, Tayside Opera has performed more than 60 operas in its 45-year existence.