Comic Opera

At Guild Hall
Pretty Yende as Adina in “L’Elisir d’Amore,” the Met: Live in HD presentation at Guild Hall on Saturday Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Met: Live in HD will present a simulcast of Bartlett Sher’s new production of Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore” on Saturday at noon at Guild Hall. One of the most consistently popular operatic comedies since its premiere in Milan in 1832, the story centers on Nemorino, played by Matthew Polenzani, who is in love with Adina (Pretty Yende), who torments him with her indifference. Nemorino hopes a traveling quack’s love potion — the elixir of love — will answer his prayers.

James R. Oestreich of The New York Times praised the lead performers, citing Ms. Yende’s “winning combination of elegance and spunk” and the “pliant strength and clarion tone” of Mr. Polenzani’s singing. Tickets are $22, $20 for members, and $15 for students.

The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Now Showing series will screen “Novitiate,” a drama directed by Maggie Betts, on Saturday at 6 p.m. Set in the 1950s and 1960s in rural Tennessee, the story is about Cathleen, a young girl whose devotion to God leads her to enter a Catholic convent at 17. 

The harsh realities of being a servant of God lead to her struggle with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changes in the church wrought by the dawn of Vatican II. Tickets are $15, $12 for HIFF and Guild Hall members.