Great Performances at the Met: L’Elisir d’Amore

Air date: 04/29/2018

Great Performances at the Met: L’Elisir d’Amore

Premieres Nationwide Sunday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

 

Synopsis:

Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met continues Sunday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with Donizetti’s classic comic opera L’Elisir d’Amore. Pretty Yende portrays the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, with Davide Luciano as Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Dulcamara.

In Bartlett Sher’s production, the beautiful and wealthy Adina draws the attention of Nemorino, the poor but good-hearted country boy, as well as Sergeant Belcore, who immediately asks Adina to marry him. To win her love, Nemorino spends all his money on a magic elixir of love sold by the traveling “doctor” Dulcamara. Believing he is irresistible to Adina after drinking the potion, Nemorino feigns indifference, but his actions leave her surprised, hurt and ready to wed Belcore. At the wedding, a single tear on Adina’s cheek is all Nemorino needs to know her true feelings, and at long last, they confess their love for one another. Domingo Hindoyan conducts. Soprano Susanna Phillips hosts.

Short TV Listing:

Donizetti’s comedy charms with Pretty Yende as Adina and Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. (87/100)

Long TV Listing:

Donizetti’s comedy charms with Pretty Yende as Adina and Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. The poor country boy Nemorino wins the love of wealthy and beautiful Adina with the help of a magic elixir. Susanna Phillips hosts.

(221/250)

Airdates:

National: Sunday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m. on PBS

New York: Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Notable Talent:

  • Pretty Yende – Adina
  • Matthew Polenzani – Nemorino
  • Davide Luciano – Belcore
  • Ildebrando D’Arcangelo – Dulcamara

Run time: 2.5 hours

Production Credits:

  • Domingo Hindoyan – Conductor
  • Bartlett Sher – Production
  • Michael Yeargan – Set Design
  • Catherine Zuber – Costume Design
  • Jennifer Tipton – Lighting Designer

For the Met, Matthew Diamond directs the telecast. Jay David Saks is music producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are supervising producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are producers. Peter Gelb is executive producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Underwriters:

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and public television viewers.

Series Overview:

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States.

About WNET
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Theater Close-Up, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.

About the Met

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA is America’s leading performing arts organization and a vibrant home for the world’s most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers. The company presents more than 200 performances each season of a wide variety of operas, ranging from early masterpieces to contemporary works. In recent years, the Met has launched many initiatives designed to make opera more accessible, most prominently the Live in HD series of cinema transmissions, which dramatically expands the Met audience by allowing select performances to be seen in more than 2,000 theaters in more than 70 countries around the world.

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A scene from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera. Credit: Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan

Ashley Emerson (center left) as Giannetta, Pretty Yende (center right) as Adina, and Matthew Polenzani (in blue) as Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Photo: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Davide Luciano as Belcore and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, Davide Luciano as Belcore, and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Dulcamara and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Pretty Yende as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Dulcamara in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera