The Met Opera presents a romantic comedy for the ages


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‘L’ Elisir d’ Amore’ will be live screened from the Metropolitan Opera on Feb. 10 in the PAC.

Steven Martz, Staff writer

Are you ready for an 1800s romantic comedy?
MIAC is showing a romantic comedy for the ages.
In the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center a live version of L’Elisir d’Amore will be shown on Feb. 10.
The show will start promptly at noon and doors open at 11:30 a.m.
The performance will have a run time of approximately 2 hours and 39 minutes with a 32 minute intermission.
The opera was composed by Gaetano Donizetti and Felice Romani was the librettist who actually worked with Donizetti on many of his operas.
“L’Elisir d’Amore” is set in a small village in rural Italy—some editions suggest Basque country.
No matter where it is located, what is important is that it is like any small town.
Everyone knows each other, and business does not stay hidden for long.
The traveling salesmen provide the primary form of entertainment for the village.
The opera was also set in 1836, when the Italian independence movement was gaining momentum.
The story is actually a romantic comedy.
Nemorino, who is a poor peasant, is in love with a rich landowner, Adina.
She seems indifferent to him, but when Sergeant Belcore arrives and tries to win her over, Nemorino goes to a travel doctor, Dulcamara, to get a love potion.
This is when a story takes some interesting turns.
The conductor is Domingo Hindoyan, Pretty Yende has the role of Adina, Nemorino is played by Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano plays Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo plays Dulcamara.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students, $18 for an adult ticket, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions and $10 for youth.