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L'Elisir D' Amore, Donizetti
on 30 November 2011
Donizetti's brilliant comedy "L'elisir d'amore", tells the story of Nemorino (Rolando Villazon), a simple and poor youth. He is madly in love with Adina (Anna Netrebko) a wealthy land owner, who does not respond to his feelings, but enjoys his attention to her. The pompous and immodest, Sergeant Belcore (Leo Nucci) arrives and asks Adina to marry him and she says that she will think it over.
Afraid that she will accept, Nemorino seeks the help of the fraud Dulcamara (Ildebrando D' Arcangelo), who is pretending to be a doctor. Nemorino asks him if he has a love potion, so that Adina would fall in love with him. Dulcamara gives him a bottle and tells Nemorino that the effects of the potion will happen in one day. However, the potion is in fact wine, which creates hilarious consequences and the end of the opera results in a excellent and cheerful conclution for all of the characters.
Dulcamara was played wonderfully, by bass Ildebrando D' Arcangelo, his voice powerful, accompanied with great acting, bringing the humor of the role perfectly. The Barcarolle "Io son ricco e tu sei bella" sung with Netrebko, was brilliant. Leo Nucci was equally great as Sergeant Belcore, with splendid singing and acting skills.
Rolando Villazon was exceptional, acting brilliantly funny, with hilarious, exaggerated facial expressions. His voice was astounding, singing the role perfectly, especially the famous aria "Una furtiva lagrima". His rendition of it was so beautiful, that the audience demanded an encore and the second time was even more incredible then the first.
Anna Netrebko was sublime, with excellent stage presence. Her beautiful voice was fantastic, having great technique and a wonderfully delicate, light tone when it came to singing the high notes. With her astounding range, she managed to swiftly change into different emotions, having everything that makes a brilliant bel canto singer. The aria that she sung which struck me the most, was the beautiful "Prendi, per me sei libero", her voice sounding exquisite.
The chemistry between Villazon and Netrebko was brilliant, their voices perfectly matched, sounding divine. It is very rare that you see something like that and this really helps the whole flow of the opera, creating a brilliant atmosphere, a real joy to watch and hear.
Accompanied by a phenomenal orchestra and choir, with fantastic singers, this production is perfect, bringing Donizetti's astounding music to life and I definitely recommend purchasing this opera.