THE Glyndebourne Tour came to the Liverpool Empire last week with three shows: Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore, Handel’s Rinaldo, and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
This was Glyndebourne’s first visit to the Liverpool Empire. They had been to the Royal Court theatre in 1969, 1971 and 1972.
The Champion went to see the matinee performance of L’Elisir D’Amore, which is considered to be Gaetano Donizetti’s greatest romantic comedy.
The performance was sung in Italian and there were English subtitles above the stage, which were easy to follow.
A member of the cast came on stage to address the audience at the beginning of the performance. The actor gave a brief description of the main characters and some background to the opera. Although this was unexpected, it provided an insight into what was to be performed.
The basic element of the story involves Nemorino (Sehoon Moon), who is a poor peasant, trying to win the affections of Adina (Benedetta Torre), who is a landowner. Sergeant Belcore (Matthew Durkan), also courts Adina.
Nemorino believes that a magic potion (l’elisir) will help him win Adina’s love. He picks up this potion from the quack doctor, Dulcamara (Misha Kiria).
All of the main characters in the opera were on the top of the game and the action flowed from the beginning to the end.
There was an extensive orchestra pit for this production and they were expertly led by the leader of the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra, Richard Milone.
The set was also impressive and made use of the Empire’s expansive stage.
This was a light and amusing opera. 8/10