Tuesday, 26 May 2009

270. Gaetano Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (1832)


Title: L'Elisir d'Amore
Performers: Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Year: 1970
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes


Donizetti gives us a really fun opera. This is the kind of thing which could easily be adapted in terms of plot into a modern rom-com. There is not much depth to the story but it is thoroughly entertaining, and that is great.

Musically it is pretty good, it flows nicely with some stand-out moments in the doctor's aria or in the famous Una Furtiva Lagrima. It is not as great an opera as Anna Bolena, but it is still pretty good.

The fludity of the story coupled with some very attractive music makes the opera a joy to watch as well as listen to. Pavarotti is slightly suspect as a leading love interest seeing as he looks like an Ox even at this early stage, but his singing was then pretty great and so the recording with the great Joan Sutherland is more than recommended.

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From Wikipedia:
L'elisir d'amore is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas and there are a number of recordings. It appears as number twenty on Opera America's list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America.

Una Furtiva Lagrima:

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