In his reimagining of Donizetti's beloved classic, Jonathan Miller's production relocates the story to the American Southwest during the 1950s, complete with soda jerks, pompadours, a Ford Fairlane and a dusty roadside diner. A poor country boy, Nemorino, falls in love with Adina, the most eligible bachelorette in town. He knows he needs to improve his chances with her--and he does it by downing an "Elixir of Love" that a fast-talking salesman assures him will make him irresistible. The potion may or may not be real, but Nemorino ultimately gets his girl.
Soprano Stefania Dovhan, who debuted as Donna Anna in last season's Don Giovanni, returns to City Opera as Adina, tenor David Lomeli makes his company debut as Nemorino, and baritone Marco Nisticò sings Dulcamara. Brad Cohen makes his City Opera debut conducting, and A. Scott Parry will direct the Jonathan Miller production, which premiered in 2003 at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and was last presented at City Opera in 2006. Sets and costume designs are by Isabella Bywater. The Elixir of Love will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.