Romance is in the air at Galashiels

Elixir of Love by Scottish Opera
Elixir of Love by Scottish Opera

An unmissable new performance by Scottish Opera of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love visits the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels on Thursday October 27 at 7.30pm as part of a 17-date national tour.

In this cheeky comedy, director Oliver Platt takes his inspiration from the world of PG Wodehouse. Nemorino is hopelessly in love with Adina but she’s out of his league. Nevertheless he is determined to gain her affections. The appearance of love rival Sergeant Belcore forces Nemorino to employ the help of quack doctor, Dulcamara. Believing he’s drinking a magic love potion (suspiciously similar to cheap red wine) he’s delighted when the village girls begin to swarm around him. But is it the potion, or the rumour that Nemorino has inherited a large pile of cash from his uncle that has them all of a flutter? It would seem that the elixir creates just as many problems as it solves.

This is Donizetti at his best , with a lively and lyrical score and amusing songs but behind the comedy there’s a slightly darker message - that con men sometimes win and perhaps the only true elixirs of love are money and alcohol.

Ellie Laugharne (The Pirates of Penzance 2013) plays Adina and is joined by acclaimed baritones James Cleverton and Toby Girling, and Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Elgan Llyr Thomas, winner of 2015’s prestigious Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, and Glasgow-born Hazel McBain. A chorus of five joins the cast accompanied by players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in a new arrangement for violin, viola, cello, horn and guitar by Derek Clark.

Declared a triumph at its premier in Milan in 1832, this touching love story and beautiful music secured Donizetti’s place as a leading Italian composers of his day.

Escape for a couple of hours into the Italian sunshine with this fast-paced,fun-filled romance. This performance is truly a magic brew.