Gaetano Donizetti

The Elixir of Love

A concoction that’s impossible not to love.

15 Nov–5 Dec 2024

World War II is at its height in this inventive new staging of Donizetti’s opera buffa, or romantic comedy, The Elixir of Love.

Framed as a TV sitcom episode, this warm-hearted story of unrequited love unfolds with the arrival of a love potion salesman on a beautiful English country house estate staffed by Land Girls and locals.


Adina, the lady of the manor, has long suppressed her feelings for Nemorino, who is working on the estate. She’s indifferent to his advances so he seeks the help of Dulcamara, a travelling salesman with a sharp suit and nice line in miracle cures. Nemorino discovers the power of playing it cool after drinking a love potion and becomes flavour of the month amongst the land girls and farmhands. But can he persuade Adina away from the charming Belcore?

Discover more about the story of The Elixir of Love on our dedicated page.


This is one of the finest examples of all bel canto operas. Bel canto is a style of opera where the primary focus of the music is on the beautiful vocal lines. ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ (‘I saw the tear’), sung by Nemorino in Act 2, is perhaps the most famous aria in all bel canto operas. This creates some truly moving moments to set alongside the warmth and humour of the production.

Singers & Creators

This production of Donizetti’s opera will spotlight talented singers making their ENO debut alongside some firm favourites. We welcome director Harry Fehr and Austrian-Spanish conductor Teresa Riveiro Böhm to the ENO for the first time. Meanwhile, our familiar faces include acclaimed soprano and former Harewood artist Rhian Lois who sings Adina.

The role of Dulcamara, performed by Brandon Cedel, is generously supported by Graham Brookman.

'[Harry] Fehr filled the stage with colour, and got memorable characterizations from this well-chosen cast'

Opera Magazine

‘Harry Fehr’s production is seemingly simple and yet highly intelligent and effective’

Music OMH

Running Time
2hrs 30mins

There is one interval.


We have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.75 booking fee and £1.50 building levy per ticket. A maximum of £10.50 per transaction is charged.
Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles).

Age Guidance: 5+.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Small plates at the London Coliseum

Upgrade your night at the opera

Join us before the show for classic Italian ‘cicchetti’ and Spanish tapas, followed by dessert during the interval.

Read more

Discover The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love Opera Creative Team 2024

Teresa Riveiro Böhm


Harry Fehr


Nicky Shaw

Set Designer

Zahra Mansouri

Costume Designer

Mark Jonathan

Lighting Designer

Amanda Holden


The Elixir of Love Opera Cast 2024

Thomas Atkins


exc 5 Dec, 12.30pm

Rhian Lois


exc 5 Dec, 12.30pm

Ava Dodd


5 Dec, 12.30pm

Dan D’Souza


exc 5 Dec, 12.30pm

Brandon Cedel


Segomotso Shupinyaneng