L'elisir d'amore


Mario Gas revisits the Liceu with his production of Donizetti's fun-filled, brilliant work

One of the most delightful comic, and at the same time romantic, operas in the history of the genre. Nemorino is a naive lad who still believes in love potions to win over the heart of his beloved Adina. She makes him suffer until she herself succumbs and falls in love with him. Affection and mischief come together courtesy of the fresh, creative music by Donizetti, the last major proponent of the Italian comic opera.

The Liceu stages one of its most successful productions from recent seasons. Mario Gas places the original action in fascist Rome, with fond memories of neo-realist cinema. A comedy that is suitable for all audiences, with the added attraction of Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik in the role of Nemorino together with three more stars, Australian soprano Jessica Pratt as Adina, baritone Paolo Bordogna, and buffo veteran Roberto de Candia in the role of  Dulcamara.

L'elisir d'amore

Melodramma in two acts. Libretto by Felice Romani. World premiere: 12/05/1832, Teatro della Canobbiana of Milano. First staged in Barcelona: 08/05/1833, Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance: 05/02/1848. Last Liceu performance: 05/06/2013. Total performances at the Liceu: 93.

Artistic profile

Ramón Tebar
Stage director
Mario Gas
Set and costume designer
Marcelo Grande
Lighting designer
Quico Gutiérrez
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


AdinaJessica Pratt
NemorinoPavol Breslik
BelcorePaolo Bordogna
DulcamaraRoberto de Candia
GiannettaMercedes Gancedo


January 2018

7Sunday18:00Turn FFee 5
9Tuesday20:00Turn GFee 6
12Friday20:00Turn EFee 5
14Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 5
16Tuesday20:00Turn PEFee 6
18Thursday20:00Turn BFee 5
22Monday20:00Turn AFee 5
24Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 6
26Friday20:00Turn HFee 5
28Sunday17:00Turn TADFee 5

First act 75m
Interval 30m
Second act 60m

Approximate running time​ 2h 45m


Exhibition at the Balcó Foyer

Coinciding with L'elisir d'amore, memberships of the Reial Cercle Artístic have made for the occasion a plastic interpretation of the piece.
From 7 to 28 January.

Reasons why you need to see L'elisir d'amore

  1. With music that is delightfully fresh and original.
  2. One of the Liceu’s successfully great performances in recent decades.
  3. A cast of young performers in an opera that is suitable for all ages.
  4. Neo-realist performance under the skilled guidance of Mario Gas.
  5. One of Donizetti’s best operas.