DONIZETTI, G.: Elisir d'amor (L') (Bergamo Musica Festival, 2007)

DONIZETTI, G.: Elisir d'amor (L') (Bergamo Musica Festival, 2007)


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L'elisir d'amore (The elixir of love)

Festival: Bergamo Music Festival
Venue: Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo
Playing Time: 02:12:55
Catalogue Number: 33577
UPC: 8007144335779


Staged in Milan in 1832, L'Elisir d'amore was written in a remarkably short time by librettist Felice Romani who based the text on a French libretto that Eugene Scribe had written for Daniel Auber and staged in Paris a year earlier. Romani's wife claimed that the whole work was written within a fortnight, an obvious exaggeration, since it seems that Donizetti had already completed much of the opera some three weeks before it was to be staged, not to open the season, but to be staged as a later part of it.

Who wouldn't want a love potion? Even today, quite a few people would readily trust Dulcamara and his promises of eternal happiness. The successful blend of comic and lyrical elements, of fun and feeling, are what make of L'Elisir d'amore such an enjoyable opera. A sparkling Alex Esposito leads the rest of the cast in this entertaining production of one of Donizetti's most beloved operas.

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