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Friday, July 6 and Monday, July 9, 7:30 p.m.
Music: Gaetano Donizetti · Libretto: Felice Roman
English translation: Ruth & Thomas Martin






The shy Nemorino loves the fickle Adina, but he believes she is in love with the swaggering Sergeant Belcore. When the quack Doctor Dulcamara comes to town, Nemorino buys his magic "Elixir of Love." One drink and Adina is sure to be Nemorino's ... or will she? This Donizetti delight remains one of opera's most performed and entertaining comedies. Elixir stars Anita Johnson as Adina (Die Fledermaus, 1999), Michael Chioldi as Belcore (The Marriage of Figaro, 2006) and Steven Condy (Falstaff, 2004) as Doctor Dulcamara. Not seen at Chautauqua since 1961, this new production is set in the vineyards of the Napa Valley during Prohibition and will be staged by Artistic/General Director Jay Lesenger.

AdinaAnita Johnson
NemorinoHarold Meers†
Sergeant BelcoreMichael Chioldi
Doctor DulcamaraSteven Condy
GiannettaJan Cornelius*

ConductorGary Thor Wedow
Conceived/Directed byJay Lesenger
SetsRon Kadri
LightsMichael Baumgarten
CostumesHelen E. Rodgers


† Chautauqua Opera debut
* Chautauqua Opera Young Artist