Thursday, May 1, 2008

L'elisir d'amore - Netrebko and Villazon again!

I had to tell you about one of the best productions of L'elisir d'amore I have EVER seen. It's a 2005 Vienna State Opera production, and the entire production and cast are great. The set doesn't change, but it doesn't have to because it's so beautiful. Leo Nicci is fabulous as Belcore - his voice has still got it, and his comic timing is really good.

Of course Netrebko does an amazing job, but in comparison to La Traviata where the whole opera rested on her shoulders, in this opera it is Villazon and his singing of Nemorino that is incredible. This may be the perfect role for him. Personally I think he looks like Mr. Bean, and in this show he gets to act like him too. He is hilarious, and yet really pulls out all the stops on his singing as well. This is most evident when he sings "Una furtiva lagrima" in the third act, and the audience gives him such an applause that he sings it again! During the second ovation he can't hold his emotions and you can see the tears in his eyes.

Here is a video of him singing the cavatina from the first act (you'll have to see "Una furtiva lagrima" on your own):

And here is a translation of the words:

How beautiful she is, how dear she is
the more I see her, the more I like her
but in that heart I'm not capable
little dearness to inspire
That one reads, studies, learns
I don't see that she ignores anything
I'm always an idiot
I don't know but to sigh
Who will clear my mind?
Who will teach me make myself beloved?

If you're interested in picking it up on Amazon (which I highly recommend), here is a link:

1 comment:

Carlos said...

You are absolutely right! This Elisir is really fresh and great!