Anna Netrebko in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara and Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Metropolitan Opera on January 17, 2014. Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara and Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Metropolitan Opera on January 17, 2014. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

This Saturday at 1 pm Anna Netrebko stars as the adorable Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore.

In Bartlett Sher’s charming version of this comedic opera, Anna Netrebko's voice shines. The story surrounds Nemorino's attempts to win Adina's affection before she marries the renowned Sergent Belcore. Using a love potion of Isolde and Tristan proportions, Nemorino tries to woo Adina and the result is pure folly.  

Maurizio Benini conducts the Metropolitan Opera production, featuring Ramón Vargas as Nemorino, Nicola Alaimo as Belcore, and Erwin Schrott as the love potion vending doctor.

Cast:

Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Adina: Anna Netrebko
Nemorino: Ramón Vargas
Belcore: Nicola Alaimo
Dulcamara: Erwin Schrott

Comments [9]

@KB Lane: Sorry, you lost me at: "I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, whe ..."

Lose the self-aggrandizement. I have a blog. I post the link periodically. Not EVERY TIME in ALL CAPS. Very lame.

DD~~

Jan. 25 2014 09:17 PM
Emma from Long Island, NY

I was there live - it was amazing!!! For some reason, when Anna Netrebko stood on a certain part of the stage, her voice was shrill - but only on that certain part of the stage. It was really weird. But amazing!

Jan. 25 2014 09:15 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Today's L'Elisir d'Amore broadcast had many of the qualities of its earlier broadcast with Netrebko but the rest of today's cast was lackluster. Why should the MET OPERA not have the outreach to get the appropriate singers for SO MANY of its operas. A zesty, brimful of spontaneity, performance. Splendid casting of ANNA NETREBKO as Adina with SALVATORE CORDELLA as Nemorino, a role that requires a voice of considerable flexibility and beauty, if not richness, of timbre qualities Messr. CORDELLA lacks. 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, where singing technique and where ALL the Shakespeare and Wagner roles are coached. My websites where one may download, free, my singing of 37 out of the 100 selections that I have sung in four three-hour-long solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to Recorded Selections; www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com. Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are:Otello, Tristan, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan, Federico, Orfeo and Eleazar. On Saturday March 22nd at 6 PM at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 32nd Street and 7th Avenue, New York City, I will sing for the NEW LIFE EXPO my concert FOUR GREAT SONG CYCLES: the complete Wesendonck Lieder [Wagner], the complete Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [Mahler], the tenor solos from Das Lied von der Erde {Mahler] and Waldemar's music from Gurre-Lieder [Schoenberg. The accompanying collaborator pianist will be ROLF BARNES.

Jan. 25 2014 05:50 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

I think the production of consistent, nonvariable vibrato is something that seems to elude most singers of the present day. That said, I like the tone quality and placement of Mr. Cordella's voice and look forward to hearing him in other light lyric roles. I prefer Adinas to sound pert and somewhat cutesy, which may be out of fashion today. Still, I enjoyed Ms. Netrebko's vocal artistry. Mr. Schrott made the most of the barcarolle about Nina, the gondolier girl and Senator Three-tooth to the point of whistling one of the syllables. The orchestra blazed with brightness and verve in their fortissimo passages and phrased repeated rhythmic passages with an accent followed by diminuendos. Traditional cuts were opened but not entirely. This is my favorite comic-infused opera; and listening to this sunny music while following the full score had me smiling throughout. Of course, I have no idea what the staging was like. I hope most of us listening to the broadcast enjoyed themselves: it certainly seemed that the audience did. I think this is going to be one of the highlights of this year's adventurous and exciting repertory.

Jan. 25 2014 04:00 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Today's Adina sounds shrill to me or is it because I do not like the character. Do not care much for the charlatan nor the pompous corporal. Three of the four characters are not to my liking. But that is my opinion. Nice music, it is a comedy because there is a happy ending.

Jan. 25 2014 03:33 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Today's Adina sounds shrill to me or is it because I do not like the character. Do not care much for the charlatan nor the pompous corporal. Three of the four characters are not to my liking. But that is my opinion. Nice music, it is a comedy because there is a happy ending.

Jan. 25 2014 03:33 PM
ardath_bey

Vargas cancelled, you've been listening to Salvatore Cordella. Vargas is a bore and I was glad he was out but this tenor isn't much to write home about, though I hope he improves.

Jan. 25 2014 02:25 PM
Minnie Falconer from Sacramento

Vargas voice sounds tired in this role. Could it be that he has been forcing it in the meat and potato roles?

Jan. 25 2014 02:13 PM
concetta nardone from Nsssau

CBC: Hope you are well.
Do not think Adina is adorable. Music of this opera is beautiful but because Adina is such a brat who delights in tormenting Nemorino, could never watch this opera. Vargas should do a good job singing the role. It is painful to watch a loving heart being mal-treated like this. This opera is supposed to be a comedy but I do not find it funny.

Jan. 25 2014 07:25 AM

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