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L'elisir D'amore: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2005]

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  • Actors: Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons, Enzo Dara, Korliss Uecker
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Felice Romani
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000787WZQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,216 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Nemorino is a peasant, in love with the beautiful and wealthy Adina. Unfortunately he has a rival; the sergeant Belcore, whom Adina seems to favour. Desperate, Nemorino buys what he believes to be a love potion from travelling doctor Dulcamara (in reality a quack). This fails to win Adina's heart, and she announces that she will marry Belcore. Nemorino has not given up hope yet, however, and buys another potion in time for the wedding celebration. Performances from Kathleen Battle, i, Juan Pons, Enzo Dara, Korliss Uecker and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet.

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By C. Bisbal on 28 Jan 2013
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By William Campbell on 20 Jun 2012
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this opera is fantastic in every way Pavorotti is excellent,singing and acting,one of my all time favourite operas,never tire of it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ukiyoe on 10 Dec 2012
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I tried to compair three "L'eliser D'amore" plays, such as this , Netrebko (Adina) and Villazon(Nemorina) in 2005, and Miah Persson (Adina) and Villazon (Nemorina) in May of 2012 at Baden-Baden. First ,a quality of Images of this DVD is slightly bad due to old recording. Kathleen was a refined singer and good. However Pavarotti was the play of miscast, too fat and old as Nemorina. In addition in this DVD his voice is less rich than Villazon's in 2005 with Netorebko which was the Villazon's best voice. In 2012 at Baden-Baden his Nemorina was not rich voice comparing to in the DVD at Wiener Staatsoper in 2005.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Browne on 31 May 2013
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not quite what i expected, i thought it would be in english not sub titles in english, apart from that it was good.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
L'elisir for the Ages! 16 May 2005
By D. J. Edwards - Published on
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What a quartet! I think the Met or any other opera house will be hard put to equal this performance never mind surpass it. Pavarotti owns this role even now that he is retired. His easy, beautiful timber are recorded for the ages and we are indebted to Met-DGG for making it available. I was at this performance in a balcony box and never dared hope for its release since a previous performance with Judith Blegan has been available for some time. Battle is here in rapturous, glorious voice. An extremely beautiful timber, even from top to bottom, and every note in between. I cried as I watched the performance since it brought back the memories of seeing and hearing this so long ago. Pons and Dara are equally in their company. Pnns is excellent and to my way of thinking very underrated. Dara must still be singing Dulcamara somewhere if he is still alive. He sings this role to the very life. There is just no weakness in this production. Panni was supposed to have been the conductor for this matinee performance but he was ill and history fated us with the final link, Levine, to make this an historical performance. We have been blessed with a plethora of great DVDs from the Met [ Ernani, Manon Lescaut, Lucia to name but a few ] but the L'elisir here is probably their very best. The sets are wonderfully traditional and they work very well indeed. I left the theater numb, with a very sore throat and walked to the train talking to myself. My poor wife thought I had lost my mind. Its still under seat three in the third balcony box. This is an absolute must for your DVD shelf. The only time I've heard a more beautiful soprano in a live performance was Caballe at Chicago Lyric back around 1969 In Traviata. I certainly have heard many other superb sopranos, but I put Battle and Caballe in a special ranking. IF you don't enjoy this video you're either tone deaf, hate Donizetti or just don't like beautiful music sung as exquisitely as this Adina and Nemorino. Where are all your music lovers? There should be many more reviews here. Out of five stars this should have at least 10. Even if you disagree with me, this dvd deserves recognition and attention. Listen and buy!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
it's delightful, it's delicious 22 July 2003
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on
This is a stupendous production, and the best I have seen of this comedic opera, with a superb cast and energetic pacing.
I'm not always thrilled with Pavarotti's acting ability, but here his Nemorino is marvelous, in what might be his most engaging performance on film; charming and tender, his "Una Furtiva Lagrima" is incredibly moving and full of beauty. Kathleen Battle is an exquisite Adina, youthful and capricious, and vocally stunning. Korliss Uecker is a lovely Giannetta, and Juan Pons excellent as Sergeant Belcore. Enzo Dara almost steals the show as a hilarious Doctor Dulcamara, with his chest full of bizarre medals. His comedic timing is right on target and his voice quite up to the demands of the role.
The sets by Beni Montresor are ingenious and effective, and the costumes are splendid, in colors that remind one of a spring garden. The camerawork is also good, and adds to the visual interest. From the orchestra pit, James Levine masterfully keeps it all together with sparkle and zest.
This 1991 live performance from the Metropolitan Opera is terrific theater, as well as a musical treat, and one to own and enjoy repeatedly.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Kathleen Battle and Luciano Pavarotti at Their Best 20 May 2005
By Laura Williams - Published on
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This production of L'Elisir d'Amore is the best performance of this opera available on video and one of the very best performances of the entire Metropolitan Opera Video Catalogue. As Adina, Kathleen Battle is sensational. Her voice is sublime, glowing with a ravishingly creamy, sensuous legato. Not only does she sing with technical perfection and ease, her compelling artistry is the epitome of grace and charm. Luciano Pavarotti gives his finest performance on video in his signature role of Nemorino. This role was his own personal favorite of all his roles and it shows in the warmth and charm he brings to his portrayal and his gorgeous vocalism. Battle and Pavarotti enjoy "clowning" with each other and the audience loves it. James Levine is at his best, giving an energy and excitement that makes this Bel Canto masterpiece explode with color and sparkle.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellente 24 Nov 2005
By C. Hackshaw - Published on
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This is probably the greatest opera production I have ever seen. The singing is first rate quality. Everyone is in fine voice and with this being an opera buffa the singers are throughly enjoying themselves. I would recommend this as an introduction to opera for anyone and for opera fans alike get this one. Mind you there are some flaws with the overall productions like Italians flags waving around when in truth Donizetti never was around for the establishing of an Italian country so that was totally out of place. (I have noticed that the Met has this annoying habit of throwing in flags of today in opera setting of centuries ago)Also there is Pavarotti wearing a green hospital band on his hand. However, this is opera and opera is about singing and I assure you that great singing is what you get in this production. Buy it!!!! WONDERFUL!!! Bravissimo!!!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Nothing Can Pop This Bel Canto Bubble! 12 Jun 2001
By M. Bish - Published on
O-MI-GAWD! My jaw is still on the floor after watching this amazing production of Donizetti's most frequently revived romantic comedy. The sets are rudimentary but the conductor and performers keep you too riveted to care! James Levine is not given enough credit as the Met's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, but that would all change if all of his detractors sat down and watched this video. You can tell from the overture that this is going to be an effervescent and detailed performance. Bravo, Maestro Levine! The supporting players (Korliss Uecker as Giannetta, Enzo Dara as Dulcamara, and Juan Pons as Belcore) are all great but the true glory of this production is the teaming of Pavarotti and Battle, surely the two most coveted opera stars at the time this was filmed (1991). This video is truly a testament to the golden-voiced tenor: even when he is just going through the motions as he is here, he is heads and shoulders above his closest competitors. (His "Una furtiva lagrima" made the hairs on my arms stand on end!) Pavarotti has received a lot of flak for his alleged lack of acting skills but he turns in a wonderful performance that is, in turns, hilarious and heartrending. Once again Kathleen Battle astounds, this time as Adina. She completely inhabits the aristocrat, making a character that could be simple relatively complex. (Adina's ability for coyness and cruelty is schizophrenic and, under Ms. Battle's auspices, believable.) Her singing is, as usual, a delight to hear and only occasionally is her diction veiled in the cavernous Metropolitan. She dispenses with many interpolated high C's, D's, and one E in the second act. And they said this was a tenor show. HA! Buy this, you will NOT be sorry.
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