• Gaetano Donizetti
  • May - June 2025
  • Dublin, Wexford, Cork

L’elisir d’amore

The Elixir of Love

Can the humble Nemorino win the heart of the sophisticated Adina? He is taken in by the dubious Dr Dulcamara and swallows the elixir of love. Adina, meanwhile, discovers the only true elixir. A romantic comedy with heart and humour.

Irish National Opera’s new production of L’elisir d’amore has all the ingredients of a perfect romantic comedy, a young man in love, a dubious elixir, heartache, and plenty of obstacles. Donizetti’s score takes audiences from tender heartfelt serenades like "Una furtiva lagrima" to exuberant energetic ensembles. All brought to life by star soprano Claudia Boyle as Adina, US tenor Duke Kim (Faust 2023 ) as Nemorino and John Molloy as the outlandish rogue “doctor” Dulcamara. Baritone Gianluca Margheri (Bajazet 2022) is Belcore and soprano Deirdre Higgins is Adina’s friend Giannetta.

L’elisir d’amore is conducted by Erina Yashima and directed by Cal McCrystal with set and costume design by Sarah Bacon and features the Irish National Opera orchestra and chorus.

Running time is 2 hours 30 mins including one interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

An Audio Described performance of L'elisir d'amore  will take place on Thursday 29 May at 7:30pm for blind and visually impaired patrons. To book an audio description, please get in touch with the Gaiety Theatre at groups@gaietytheatre.com or +3531 646 8600 where further details of both services can be provided.

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“Boyle's sublime voice as wide and full as the ocean” - The Arts Review
“Duke Kim brings not only a charming yet vulnerable presence but also a natural ease, clarity and appeal of vocal range to the role of lead tenor” - The Irish Times

Cast & Creative Team


Claudia Boyle Adina
Duke Kim Nemorino
Gianluca Margheri Belcore
John Molloy Dr Dulcamara
Deirdre Higgins Giannetta

Creative Team

Erina Yashima Conductor
Cal McCrystal Director
Aoife O'Sullivan Répétiteur