Donizetti Elisir

Alfred Eschwe, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Alfred Eschwé, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2015/2005) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 16995 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 131 min | 22,5 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 131 min | 7,07 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Rolando Villazón as Nemorino exhibits a real gift for comic acting, manipulating his rubber face into dozens of hilarious poses, flawlessly turning stock comic gestures into laugh-out-loud moments, and even juggling apples with the panache of a circus performer. More important, he uses his lyric tenor to sing the part with impressive subtlety, suggesting Nemorino's desperation while singing of his love for Adina. His big show-stopper, "Una furtiva lagrima," features melting pianissimos and a breathtaking decrescendo in its final phrase. Netrebko's Adina is every bit as good, with deft acting and a lovely lyric soprano voice that makes you understand why she's the only girl for Nemorino.
Daniele Callegari, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2009/2005)

Daniele Callegari, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, María Bayo, Rolando Villazón - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2009/2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 152 min
Classical | Virgin| Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Catalan

When Donizetti’s comedy, updated to the mid-20th century by the Uruguayan-born director Mario Gas, was mounted at Barcelona’s magnificent Liceu opera house in 2005, Opera News wrote that: “The absolute hit of the production was … Rolando Villazón, a commanding, vulnerable and hilarious Nemorino. His stage presence dominated every scene he was in …[and] his lovable innocence was a joy to behold. Villazón’s perfect technique and creamy, malleable voice conquered the audience … His athletic and expressive body language–midway between Cantinflas and Mr. Bean–fits this role and this production perfectly.” The Mexican tenor, making his debut at the Liceu, was called upon the encore the opera’s most famous aria, the plaintive ‘Una furtiva lagrima’.
Gaetano Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Pavarotti, Battle, Nucci, Dara - Levine) [1990]

Gaetano Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Pavarotti, Battle, Nucci, Dara - Levine) [2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 516 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | TT: CD1:60’56; CD2:41’40

This studio recording was made in 1989 coinciding with a memorable production from the Metropolitan Opera, later captured on DVD. It's a delightful performance, and a wonderful highlight of Pavarotti's later career. Kathleen Battle's sparkling soprano is a brilliant accompaniment to Pavarotti's still-ringing tone.
"Pavarotti's voice was still beautiful and pliable, his phrasing exquisite. And he loved the role of Nemorino and always seemed happy with both its comedy and pathos–he steals every scene he's in, and no one minds…Kathleen Battle sings Adina with perfect, pearl-like tone, absolute fluency and commitment, and a trill to die for…Enzo Dara is an ideal Dulcamara, just the right combination of huckster and sentimentalist, with ease in every register and with fast music."
– Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, English CO, Richard Bonynge - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (1971/2014) [24bit/96kHz]

Sutherland, Pavarotti, English Chamber Orchestra, Bonynge - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (1971/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 140:20 minutes | 2,72 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Donizetti's rollicking comic opera "The Elixir of Love" receives a scintillating performance in this early 1970's London/Decca recording. Featuring an unbeatable cast, headed by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, this wonderful interpretation demonstrates singing of the highest levels of artistic integrity- definitive, passionate, lyrical, committed. The English Chamber Orchestra responds to Richard Bonynge's direction to provide sharp, colorful orchestral support, and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus' performance can only be described as brilliant. Donizetti wrote immediately attractive operatic works, this "Elixir of Love" being a perfect example.
Evelino Pido, Lyon Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2002)

Evelino Pidò, Lyon Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2002)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.79 Gb (DVD9) | 125 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

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.
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Pablo Heras-Casado) (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Pablo Heras-Casado) (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 135 min | 42,4 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3695 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 135 min | 7,36 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

This marks Rolando Villazón’s directorial debut in a dual-role: stage director and star singer (main role Nemorino) at the same time, and it is a clear WINNER. Inspired by the cartoon character Lucky Luke and the Spaghetti Western-tradition, the tenor’s staging for the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus is not only a film studio in the thirties but also a Western at the same time. Lead by the dynamic young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who “…conducts very singer friendly” (Online Musik Magazine). Extraordinary visual production, and one of the most memorable European operatic events of 2012.
Federico Maria Sardelli, Orchestra dell' Accademia Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale (2017)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Orchestra dell' Accademia Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 200 min | 5,67+3,90 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch | Recorded: 2016

From Dynamic comes the riveting opera performance of Olivo e Pasquale, a fan favorite that has delighted audiences for years. Known also as Melodramma giocoso, or romantic comedy opera about the title character brothers and their conflicting lives with those around them, this is the 1827 Neapolitan version with slight revisions and recorded for the first time at the 2016 Donizetti Festival of Bergamo.
Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, The Royal Opera House - Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (1967/2014) [24bit/96kHz]

Sutherland, Pavarotti, The Royal Opera House, Bonynge - Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (1967/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 106:29 minutes | 2,11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Even Dame Joan Sutherland has rarely if ever made an opera recording so totally enjoyable and involving as this. With the same cast (including chorus and orchestra) as at Convent Garden, it was recorded in 1966 immediately after a series of live performances in the Royal Opera House, and both the comedy and the pathos come over with an intensity born of communication with live audiences. That impression is now the more vivid on this superb transfer, for with spoken dialogue used in this original French version of the opera the absence of background noise is a special benefit, and the production vividly captures the developments in the story.
Maria Callas - Sings Rossini & Donizetti Arias (1965/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Sings Rossini & Donizetti Arias (1965) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:51 minutes | 850 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Although the bel canto repertoire was crucial to Callas’s career, and she played a significant part in reviving its fortunes, she never sang any of the roles – from both serious and comic operas – that are represented in this recital. Gramophone said: ‘It is extraordinary how the whole quality and color of Callas’ voice changes as she moves from one character to another – for example, from the grand manner appropriate to the Babylonian queen [Semiramide] to the passion of the spoiled Italian duchess [Lucrezia Borgia] and thence to the simple charm of the countrywoman Adina [L’elisir d’amore]’.
Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 13969 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 140 min | 20,4 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4096 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 140 min | 7,28 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

With his sharp and lively conducting, Fabrizio Maria Carminati puts the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice entirely at the service of three exceptional singers, Sonia Ganassi ("an extraordinary performance," Opera Today) as Elisabetta, Fiorenza Cedolins ("colorful, nuanced, highly dramatic heroine," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) as Maria Stuarda, and José Bros as a passionate Leicester. "Maria Stuarda" is the most popular work in Donizetti's trilogy of bel canto operas on Tudor queens.