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L'Elisir d'Amore (2 CD) - Met Opera

Item# 028942974425


L'Elisir d'Amore (2 CD)
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Release Date: 11/10/1990
Conductor: James Levine
Artists:

Kathleen Battle
Luciano Pavarotti
Leo Nucci
Enzo Dara
Dawn Upshaw

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

L’Ellisir d’Amore
Donizetti’s L’Ellisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries. The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type. Its ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today—the joy is in the journey. World premiere: Teatro Cannobiana, Milan, 1832. Met premiere: January 23, 1904.

Composer
Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)

Setting
The opera is set in a small village in rural Italy. Some early editions indicate a location in Basque country. The important fact is that it’s a place where everyone knows everyone and where traveling salesmen provide a major form of public entertainment.

Met History
L’Elisir d’Amore combines a lighthearted story with beautiful melodies and four great leading roles.

 

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