WILLIAMSTOWN -- On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 12:55 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s popular "The Met: Live in HD" series returns with a live transmission of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, which premeried in Milan in 1832. Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien star in the new production by Bartlett Sher. Maurizio Bernini conducts.
Running time is approximately 125 minutes. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students). For tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.
Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her.
Kwiecien sings the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the magic-potion-peddling, loveable quack Doctor Dulcamara.
The story revolves around fickle Adina, who promises to marry blustery Sergeant Belcore but who is the object of Nemorino’s desire. Nemorino, desperate to win Adina’s heart, buys a magic "love potion" (revealed as a bottle of bordeaux) from Doctor Dulcamara. After many twists and turns, including a large inheritance left to Nemorino by his uncle, Adina finally professes her love for Nemorino, leaving Belcore to declare that thousands of women await him elsewhere. Dulcamara brags about how his miraculous potion can make people fall in love and even turn poor peasants into millionaires.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street. For more info: clarkart.edu, 413-458-2303.