Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore

« previous episode | next episode »

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti’s 'L’Elisir d’Amore' Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino and Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti’s 'L’Elisir d’Amore' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Anna Netrebko is the irresistible heroine Adina and Matthew Polenzani sings the role of the lovelorn peasant Nemorino in Donizetti's comic gem. This production, directed by Bartlett Sher, opened the Metropolitan Opera’s season last September and returns with its principal leads.

Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Erwin Schrott sings Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.


Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Adina: Anna Netrebko
Nemorino: Matthew Polenzani
Belcore: Mariusz Kwiecien
Dulcamara: Erwin Schrott

Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

A zesty, brimful of spontaneity, performance. Splendid casting of ANNA NETREBKO as Adina with MATTHEW POLE NZANI as Nemorino. The joie de vivre inherent in everything the charismatic Netrebko performs is similar to that of one of my voice teachers the legendary Met Opera coloratura FRIEDA HEMPEL who sang the role of Adina opposite the Nemorino of ENRICO CARUSO at the MET and elsewhere. Maestro MAURIZIO BENINI rendered a spirited, vivacious, bubbling tour de force performance., stylistically on the mark !!! I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My websites where one may download, free, my singing of 37 out of the 100 selections that I have sung in four solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to Recorded Selections;, and
Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are: Tristan, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan Federico and Eleazar.

Feb. 09 2013 07:06 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

A bel canto jewel indeed,
A morsel on which our souls feed,
Netrebko, rejoice,
Polenzani's in voice,
What more does an operaphile need?

Feb. 09 2013 01:22 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.