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Georg Malvius brings to stage “L’elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti

14.05.2014 / Ülla Veerg

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On 15th of May will be the premiere of opera “L’elisir d’amore” at the Estonian National Opera, staged by Georg Malvius from Sweden. The designer is Ellen Cairns, lighting designer Palle Palmé and choreographer Adrienne Abjörn. Premiere will be conducted by Vello Pähn, in the main roles perform Oliver Kuusik, Kristel Pärtna, René Soom, Rauno Elp and Olga Zaitseva.

Written in a few weeks’ time, “L’elisir d’amore” has become one of the most frequently performed of all Gaetano Donizetti’s operas together with “Lucia di Lammermoor” (1835) and “Don Pasquale” (1843). It combines a touching love story and hilarious comedy with lightness, sparkling wit and beautiful music, including the well-loved tenor aria “Una furtiva lagrima”. Its premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti’s place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. “L’elisir d’amore” relies on the traditions of the 18th century opera buffa and offers an ear-tickling delight for all lovers of 19th century Italian bel canto.

Georg Malvius has directed more that 60 plays, 70 musicals and 20 operas in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, England, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg Austria, Monaco, Hungary and elsewhere. In Estonia, Malvius has staged 14 musical and drama productions.

Photo: Harri Rospu. Adina – Kristel Pärtna, Nemorino – Oliver Kuusik.

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