Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Breaking Down the Cast for ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’

By David Salazar

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the Metropolitan Opera revives Bartlett Sher’s production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” which opened the 2012-13 season.

This season the opera will feature one returning star among a number of first-timers for this particular version of the opera. The work will run for 10 performances, ending on Feb. 17, 2018.

Here is a look at the cast of this season’s run of the opera.

Matthew Polenzani – Nemorino

The American tenor premiered this very production alongside superstar soprano Anna Netrebko. In sum, he has performed the opera just 10 times at the Metropolitan Opera, all of them in this production. All of the performances took place during the 2012-13 season.

In sum, the tenor has performed a Donizetti opera 43 times at the Met including “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Don Pasquale,” “Maria Stuarda” and “Roberto Devereux.”

Pretty Yende Adina

This will be the soprano’s first Donizetti at the Met, though she did perform a duet from “Don Pasquale” at the Met’s gala celebrating its 50th Anniversary last May. She has already 27 performances with the company and will reach her 30th during this run.

Yende has performed the role of Adina in Berlin, Munich, and London over the last few years.

Davide Luciano – Belcore 

The baritone will make his Metropolitan Opera debut with this performance. In recent years, he has sung the role just once before – that came during the 2016-17 season in Berlin.

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo – Dulcamara

The Italian bass is one of the most recognized in the world, and yet he has only performed 29 times at the Metropolitan Opera since his debut in 1994. This will be the first time he performs an opera not composed by Mozart (he had only performed “Don Giovanni” and “Le Nozze di Figaro” in his previous Met outings). This is also his first set of performances with the company since 2008 when he took on the role of Leporello in “Don Giovanni.”