[ Decca / RM Associates DVD / DVD ]
Release Date: Saturday 20 September 2003
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"Frank Dunlop's witty, unvarnished view of Donizetti's country comedy, updated to the 1930s, is delightful to see, wondrous to hear.
Gheorghiu and Alagna make an ideal partnership as capricious girl and shy bumpkin. They both act and sing their roles to near perfection in a staging that exposes the heart and heartlessness as much as the fun of this work. Singing with every care for tone and nuance, Gheorghiu presents Adina as by turns, haughty, flighty, concerned, annoyed when the other girls paw him, and finally tender when love at last triumphs, and she finds the vocal equivalent for each mood. Not so versatile vocally, but always tidy and responsive to the text, Alagna makes an attractively naive, emotionally vulnerable Nemorino. Scaltriti's Belcore is made deliberately unsympathetic by Dunlop and at times he seems to be overblowing his basically attractive voice. There need be no reservations about Alaimo's witty yet genial Dulcamara: all the buffo elements of the part are there but never exaggerated. Evelino Pidò conducts a trim account of the score, his often fast speeds justified by the way his singers enjoy them in terms of athletic delivery. Brian Large's video direction is predictably exemplary. The sound and widescreen picture make us feel present at an obviously enjoyable night at the opera." The Gramophone Classical Music Guide
-Bonus Feature - 'Love Potion'
Nemorino - Roberto Alagna
Adina - Angela Gheorghiu
Belcore - Roebrto Scaltriti
Dulcamara - Simone Alaimo
Giannetta - Elena Dan
The newly wed opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna were perfectly cast in Frank Dunlop's witty production, set in the 1920s, of Donizetti's 'L'elisir d'amore', a beguiling mixture of sharp comedy and heartfelt pathos.