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Heritage Opera presents Donizetti's comic masterpiece The Elixir of Love, staged and sung in English, and accompanied by an orchestra. This wonderful opera is jam-packed with memorable tunes, including the famous tenor aria "Una furtiva lagrima".

In rural England, early 1940s, land girl Adina is pursued by two would-be suitors: the simple-minded Home Guard volunteer Nemorino and the cocky Sergeant Belcore. When the spiv "doctor" Dulcamara visits the village with his miracle cures, Nemorino asks if he has an "Elixir of Love". Ever the salesman, Dulcamara repurposes a bottle of cheap wine to the credulous Nemorino. But then, magically, the "Elixir of Love" seems to have its desired effect...


  1. Saturday 6th July 2024 - SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH, with the Isis Chamber Orchestra - part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts

  2. Wednesday 10th July 2024 - Private performance, North Somerset

  3. Saturday 31st August 2024 -  Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Spain Lane, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6HP, with players from English Pro Musica




Puccini’s opera tells the story of 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San who, against her family’s wishes, marries an American naval officer called Pinkerton. He only marries her for ‘convenience’ and intends to find a ‘proper’ American wife on his return to the U.S. Butterfly does not know this though, and waiting for him to return, bears him a son. Three long years pass, until Pinkerton returns, with his American wife and tragedy swiftly ensues.

SATURDAY 3 AUGUST 2024 at 7.30pm

Bayham Old Abbey, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Click HERE for further information and tickets

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