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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Alagna, Gheorgiu (Special DVD + CD Edition)

Donizetti / Alagna / Gheorghiu / Lyo / Pido
Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000464250  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto ScaltritiAngela GheorghiuElena DanSimone Alaimo,   ... 
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera OrchestraLyon Opera Chorus

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Special DVD & CD Edition. Contains DVD and a CD of highlights from the opera.

Frank Dunlop's witty, unvarnished view of Donizetti's country comedy, updated to the 1930s, is delightful to see, wondrous to hear.

Gheorghiu and Alagna make an ideal partnership as capricious girl and shy bumpkin. They both act and sing their roles to near perfection in a staging that exposes the heart and heartlessness as much as the fun of this work. Looking superb in a variety of costumes and singing with every care for tone and nuance, Gheorghiu presents Adina as by turns, haughty, flighty, concerned (the look on her face as Nemorino begins `Adina, credimi' shows she knows she has gone too far in teasing him), annoyed
Read more when the other girls paw him, and finally tender when love at last triumphs, and she finds the vocal equivalent for each mood. Not so versatile vocally, but always tidy and responsive to the text, Alagna makes an attractively naive, clown-like, emotionally vulnerable Nemorino. Scaltriti's Belcorc is made deliberately unsympathetic by Dunlop and at times he seems to be overblowing his basically attractive voice. There need be no reservations about Alaimo's witty yet genial Dulcamara: all the barn) elements of the part are there but never exaggerated. Evelino Pido conducts a trim account of the score, his often fast speeds justified by the way his singers enjoy them in terms of athletic delivery. Everyone responds in a vital way to the presence of an audience. Brian Large's video direction is predictably exemplary. The sound and widescreen picture make us feel present at an obviously enjoyable night at the opera. As a bonus there is a documentary about the making of the production.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [5/2002]

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese
Sound: 5.1 surround, Dolby stereo.
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Works on This Recording

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L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Scaltriti (Baritone), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Elena Dan (Soprano),
Simone Alaimo (Baritone), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 

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