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L'Elisir d'Amore (2 CD)

Item# 1000008712


L'Elisir d'Amore (2 CD)
This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original March 5, 1966, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.

Thomas Schippers leads a superlative cast in one of Donizetti's most beloved comic operas. The great Carlo Bergonzi is Nemorino, the everyman villager smitten with the beautiful and beguiling Adina of Roberta Peters, who exudes such charm and vivacity in the role that it's easy to feel NemorinoÍs pain as his advances are rebuffed.

Also starring Frank Guarrera as Sergeant Belcore and Fernando Corena, who provides great comic touches as Dr. Dulcamara, a traveling charlatan who provides the magic elixir that wins the day for Nemorino.

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Release Date: 1/17/2012
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Artists:
 

Roberta Peters
Frank Guarrera
Fernando Corena
 

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks

 


L’Elisir d’Amore premiered at Milan’s Teatro Cannobiana in 1832. The opera is quintessential Donizetti, and one of the composer’s greatest popular successes. Nemorino, a poor peasant is in love with Adina, a wealthy landowner. Unable to summon the courage to express his feelings, he buys a bottle of special elixir from a traveling medicine man. Unbeknownst to Nemorino, the bottle holds nothing but Bordeaux wine, but the ‘Elisir’ works some magic nevertheless.

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