This is a circus opera that will enchant your eyes and ears.
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, one of the most brilliant opera buffas, achieves a perfect balance between the effectiveness of the comedic drama and the subtlety of the musical composition.
Antonio Vergamini adapts the work and presents a circus version of this masterpiece of the lyric repertoire.
Ten multidisciplinary artists, musicians, opera singers, and circus artists take up incredible challenges such as singing upside down while suspended from an aerial hoop. They perform a complex acrobatic choreography and sing in chorus while embodying Donizetti’s heroes.
A comprehensive, powerful, and dreamlike show!
Staging Antonio Vergamini
With Alessandro Bares, Simone Benedetti, Anouck Blanchet, Nicanor Cancellieri, Adrien Fretard, Irene Geninatti Chiolero, Roberto Maietta, Antonio Sapio, Chiara Sicoli, Diego Zanoli
Scenes Federica Parolini
Costumes Lisa Rufini (Sartoria Slow Costume - Rome)
Musical director Alessandro Bares
Technician Luca Carbone
Photography Anna Bonomi
Video Walther Sievi
Graphic design Paolo Perugini (Informa Adv - Bergamo)
Production Longuel and La Note Bleue.
Coproduction Fondazione Donizetti and Le Festival Les Elancées
Artistic residency Teatro Asioli de Correggio
"A new approach to lyric opera, a funny, original show full of musical and acrobatic surprises."
— Radio Prima
"The performers enchant the audience from the very start (...) mixing songs, acrobatics, and antics at a sustained and rhythmic pace."
— Le Journal de Sainte-Croix
Longuel is an Italian company founded in 2006 and it has since produced or collaborated in cultural projects directed by Antonio Vergamini.
Antonio Vergamini has been active in theater, circus, opera, cinema for 25 years. He has also worked on large international productions, including two Olympic ceremonies (the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Turin Olympic Games and the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games) as well as shows that have been performed in more than 40 countries.
He is part of the group that created Cirque du Soleil's Corteo, a show seen by more than nine million spectators worldwide.
The company's repertoire includes the shows Opera Mobile (first prize awarded by the youth jury at the international Ascona Music Festival in 2009), Salto & Mortale, and Opera Guitta - Opera Saltimbanque, which was performed more than 300 times in Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Russia, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, and the Vatican City. They also produced the documentary film Ana, which won first prize at the Documentary Festival of Abruzzo in 2009.