Adina, Gutspächterin in a rather remote village, is young, rich - and well read. The penniless Nemorino she admires. The fellow wearing a touching version of the story of Tristan and Isolde, but she finds plenty of funny: Tristan, Isolde unloved, receives a miracle man a love potion by its magic Isolde's heart is vanquished. Adina is happy that there is no longer this kind potions. Nemorino, who - although he will not be heard - dearly loves, has been listening attentively. Sergeant Belcore indents and relates with his soldiers quarters. Adina over he gives himself gallantly, but calls for equal her love. The capricious Adina can, however, not so easy to win. Nemorino succeeds again to profess how much he loved Adina. However, rejects him, says she wants to remain free and independent. Since hitting a fuss among some Dulcamara, who pretends to be widely famous miracle doctor and extols his remedy for every conceivable ailment. The country people can be cajoled. Finally, Nemorino asks the quack if he would also lead a love potion with it. Dulcamara sees through the situation at once and sold the grateful Nemorino around its entire ready money the coveted elixir. This WOULD after 24 hours, says a precaution Dulcamara; he has the unsuspecting Nemorino turned on nothing more than a bottle of Bordeaux wine. Immediately drink it Nemorino, and his mood improved markedly. He pretends to be uninterested in Adina. Now they may advertise to him. This sudden sense reversal is Adina again not quite. She wants to find out if Nemorino's feelings for her were actually cools and simply declared to want to marry Belcore, but today, as the sergeant had to move on tomorrow morning. Nemorino, for the time being - building on his elixir - have been confident of victory, is now completely befuddled. He constantly refers to the effect of the love potion not unveiled. The wedding is being prepared. Dulcamara plays with Adina an impromptu Venetian love scene. The notary arrives with the marriage contract, but Adina will not sign until later. Nemorino wants of Dulcamara a second bottle of the miracle elixir. This could already do if Nemorino could pay, but does not have a more Heller. In desperation, he is recruited as a soldier Belcore and procured for the obtained earnest money immediately the second bottle.
The supposed love potion acts unexpectedly fast: A whole crowd of girls caresses Nemorino. The astonished him not too, he has been awarded his elixir kräftigst. However, he does not realize the true background of the wonderful affection: Gianetta has spread until then secret news that Nemorino's uncle has died and very begüteter've used it as the sole heir. Nemorino is the girls' company extremely pleasant. Adina he ignored what their jealousy arouses. From Dulcamara she learns why Nemorino has enlisted. The Quack now offers her the love potion. From you but refuses because she knows a better way to Nemorino, which it is, after all devoted to win: their eyes. Nemorino believes he saw in Adina's eye a secret tear. Does she love him does it? After his beautiful romance Adina gives him even certainty: She confesses her love to him and hands him back the Anwerbedekret; she has paid back the earnest money and ransomed Nemorino Belcore. Belcore find his bride in the arms of another. Although he is disappointed, but he puts a good face on a bad game, because for a soldier would like him there girls enough. Nemorino and Adina now hear only of the inheritance. Dulcamara advantage of the situation for themselves. He prides himself on his art, which was thanks to Nemorino come both to his happiness in love, as well as to fortune.