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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Serafin, Carteri, Alva

Release Date: 09/12/1995 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 65658   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rosanna CarteriLuigi AlvaRolando PaneraiGiuseppe Taddei,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While one admits that Serafin was by this late period in his career no longer able quite to capture the effervescence of this, the most endearing of Donizetti's operas, his cast has much to commend it, not least the Italian flavour of all four principals. Carteri manages a smile in her voice, also the flirtatious edge that is another part of Adina's nature, even if her legato isn't all it should be. Alva was always a delightfully timid and lovelorn Nemorino on stage. Some if not all of that comes across in his attractive though occasionally one-dimensional account of the role here. Panerai gives Belcore just the kind of puffed-up profile the role demands and sings with that vibrantly characterful style of his. However, the real star of the Read more show is Taddei's ebullient, amusing Dulcamara, none better on disc. His "Udite, udite, rustici" is a locus classicus of buffo singing, both vocally and as an interpretation: listen to his cry of "tromba" and the spring in his voice in the following passage—superb. ...Enough of the work's spirit is here exposed for this to be a good buy at bargain—or indeed any—price.

-- Gramophone [5/1994]
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Works on This Recording

L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rosanna Carteri (Soprano), Luigi Alva (Tenor), Rolando Panerai (Baritone),
Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone), Angela Vercelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Language: Italian 

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