DONIZETTI, G.: Elisir d'amore (L') (Paris National Opera, 2006)

DONIZETTI, G.: Elisir d'amore (L') (Paris National Opera, 2006)


 

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L'elisir d'amore (The elixir of love)
Libretto/Text Author: Romani, Felice
Libretto Source: Scribe, Eugene

Nemorino: Groves, Paul

Set/Stage Designer: Thomas, Chantal
Costume Designer: Pelly, Laurent
Lighting Designer: Adam, Joel
Stage Director: Pelly, Laurent
Television Director: Caiozzi, Denis

Date of Production: 06-2006
Venue: Opera Bastille, Paris
Playing Time: 02:12:29
Catalogue Number: BAC040
UPC: 3760115300408

Synopsis

After an absence of almost twenty years L'elisir d'amore is back at the Paris Opera in a crazy version by Laurent Pelly.

The plot is simple but effective: a shy, naive young peasant buys a love philtre from a quack - all he gets, in fact, is a flask of wine - in order to win the heart of the girl he is in love with; in the end, and with no help from the philtre, she will realise that she loves him too. Add to this a sparkling musical language and marvellously inspired melodies - including the legendary "Una Furtiva Lagrima" - and you have the authentic masterpiece Donizetti turned out in just two weeks.

Transposing the plot to the Italy of the 1950s, director Laurent Pelly offers us an absolute jewel, beautifully crafted and shot through with poetry.

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