Israeli opera review – Donizetti: The Elixir of Love

Donizetti’s opera L’Elisir d’Amore (“The Elixir of Love”), performed by the Israeli Opera at Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem, was, above all, an Event.

The environment required some getting used to. That the imposing (and much-advertised) walls of the Old City did not overshadow the performance was simply due to the fact that it took place at night; they remained invisible. The stage was far removed from the audience, even from the front rows, so that the actors and actions could be seen only in miniature.

Video screens presented only partial segments of the stage.


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