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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Levine, Battle, Pavarotti

Release Date: 11/10/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 429744   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dawn UpshawEnzo DaraLeo NucciLuciano Pavarotti,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This studio recording was made in 1989 coinciding with a memorable production from the Metropolitan Opera, later captured on DVD. It's a delightful performance, and a wonderful highlight of Pavarotti's later career. Kathleen Battle's sparkling soprano is a brilliant accompaniment to Pavarotti's still-ringing tone.

"Pavarotti's voice was still beautiful and pliable, his phrasing exquisite. And he loved the role of Nemorino and always seemed happy with both its comedy and pathos--he steals every scene he's in, and no one minds...Kathleen Battle sings Adina with perfect, pearl-like tone, absolute fluency and commitment, and a trill to die for...Enzo
Read more Dara is an ideal Dulcamara, just the right combination of huckster and sentimentalist, with ease in every register and with fast music."
-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com (review of DVD release)
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Works on This Recording

L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Enzo Dara (Bass), Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Language: Italian 

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