November brings back one of the operas most loved by the public and one of the most charming jewels of the comic opera of the 19th century: L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti. This sentimental comedy set in the Basque Country is one of the production peaks of the Italian Maestro and has a balanced mixture of comedy and drama, depth and simplicity, romanticism and melancholy, with archetypical characters inspired by the commedia dell’arte.

The cast is headed by the young soprano from Donostia Elena Sancho Pereg and the tenor from Madrid Joel Prieto, who makes his debut in ABAO after a very successful career in the United States and will sing the famous aria “Una furtiva lagrima”. The baritone Pablo Ruiz and the bass Paolo Bordogna complete the quartet.

On the podium, conducting a score with great freshness and inspiration, Maestro Iván López-Reynoso, leading the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa.

On the stage a funny, fresh and agile production premiered in Spain and signed by Marina Bianchi, which highlights youth and romance recreating a delicate outdoor scenography.

On 25 November this title will have an Opera Berri performance. This social and cultural initiative of ABAO Bilbao Opera reaches its 18th edition and aims at bringing opera closer to society, with well-known titles and tickets at half their usual price. The leading duo features Helena Orcoyen and David Alegret.

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Euskalduna Bilbao
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L´ELISIR D´AMORE 17 November'23 18:30 Universidad de Deusto

Speaker: Eva Sandoval
Biography: Musicologist and journalist for RTVE’s Radio Clásica since 2008. She has presented programmes such as Té para tres, Grandes Ciclos, Música Viva or Estudio 206. At present she directs, together with Clara Sánchez, the magazine Café Zimmermann, with interviews and live music performances, as well as the programme on contemporary culture Miramondo Multiplo, together with José Luis Besada. She presents the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Choir concerts in Los conciertos de La 2 as well as operas in El Palco, in addition to other broadcast music events. She collaborates in music magazines, regularly writes programme notes for the major Spanish music institutions, presents concerts, gives conferences, acts as moderator or participant in round tables and presents classical music records.