Comic opera L’elisir d’amore was composed by Gaetano Donizetti in merely two weeks. It had its opening night in Milan, Italy, in 1832. Very soon it became one of the most performed Italian operas of the 19th century due to its interesting and witty plot that describes the mishaps of a young love couple and to the melodious and easy-going music. Felice Romani is the author of the libretto after the comedy of a French dramatist Eugène Scribe based on a mediaeval romance of Tristan Gottfried von Strassburg. The unexpectedly shifted interpretation of the mediaeval legend about a love potion, gives the story a new meaning where people are able to offer goodness and love even without the help of a magic elixir. Opera recommends music as a universal medicine, because it possesses magical qualities that Dulcamara (in translation: sweet: sour) attributes to his own potion that returns the paralysed back into life, serving for the well-being of humanity.