Donizetti Elisir

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.
Donizetti - L’elisir d’amore (Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi) [2004/1968]

Donizetti - L’elisir d’amore (Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi) [2004/1968]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch); (Dolby AC3, 2 ch); (DTS, 5 ch)| 6.96 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Hardy | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol | 130 min | +3% Recovery

This black-and-white, wonderfully old-fashioned film of a live performance of L'elisir d'amore, complete with faded painted backdrops and no attempt to update or "make relevant" this delicious work, is, well, delicious–gorgeously sung and charmingly acted. The pedigree is impeccable. I can't recall a recent performance of an Italian opera with all-Italian forces, including conductor, and at the risk of sounding chauvinistically Italian, there really is something elegant and natural about an entire cast steeped in the language, rhythms, and idiom that keeps the Italian-opera tradition alive.
–Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti) [2006]

Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti) [2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 656.51 MB
Classical | Label: DECCA | Catalog Number: 475 7514

The Decca performance of the Donizetti comic masterpiece L'Elisir d'amore is simply the best ever put on record. With the incomparable trio of Sutherland/Pavarotti/Bonynge at the peak of their careers, this performance of L'Elisir is one that you will turn to again and again – sheer delight from the first moments of the overture to the grand finale. One has to admit that some of Pavarotti's later performances can be difficult to listen to because of the strain in the voice, but not a hint of strain mars his performance here…
Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore (Daniele Callegari, Maria Bayo, Rolando Villazon) (2009/2005)

Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore (Daniele Callegari, María Bayo, Rolando Villazón) (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’.
Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore (Evelino Pido, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna) (2002)

Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore (Evelino Pidò, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna) (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 (Maurizio Benini, Ekaterina Siurina, Peter Auty) (2010) [BluRay-rip]

Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Maurizio Benini, Ekaterina Siurina, Peter Auty) (2010) [BluRay-rip]
Classical | BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 9322 kbps / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 9,19GB
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Acclaimed Italian conductor Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut in Donizetti’s intoxicating and deeply touching opera, whose fast-moving comic story unfolds the romantic rivalry between penniless farmhand and bumptious soldier, both vying for the love of Adina. Will the bogus Dr Dulcamara’s potion – the elixir of love – help farmhand Nemorino win her heart? Peter Auty takes the role of Nemorino with Ekaterina Siurina as Adina. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Maurizio Benini) (2010) [Full Blu-ray]

Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Maurizio Benini) (2010)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 33896 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 129 min | 36,3 GB
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio2: Italian / DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3093 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

Acclaimed Italian conductor Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut in Donizetti’s intoxicating and deeply touching opera, whose fast-moving comic story unfolds the romantic rivalry between penniless farmhand and bumptious soldier, both vying for the love of Adina. Will the bogus Dr Dulcamara’s potion – the elixir of love – help farmhand Nemorino win her heart? Peter Auty takes the role of Nemorino with Ekaterina Siurina as Adina. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.
Legendary Performances of Scotto: Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Gianandrea Gavazzeni, R.Scotto, C.Bergonzi, G.Taddei)

Legendary Performances of Scotto: Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Gianandrea Gavazzeni, R.Scotto, C.Bergonzi, G.Taddei) [2007/1967]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 547 MB
Classical | Bravissimo | BRV 9910 | CD1:71'35; CD2:49'40

All of these are live recordings so the sound is quite variable. The standard square box contains separate soft plastic sleeves in which the cds are inserted. The advantage is that the cds are well protected (minor risk for scrapes compared to cardboard), but there is no information printed on the sleeve since it is made of plastic. There is some basic information printed on each cd (name, composer, cd #, the act/s and the date of the recording). There is also a small 24pg booklet that introduces the box including some photos as well as content description for each disc (opera, singers, time and location as well as a list of the separate tracks). I have been collecting these boxes for a while and always find it worthwhile as there are gems nicely interspersed in these collections. By Moonfish
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
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Alfred Eschwé,  Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón) [2006]

Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore (Alfred Eschwe, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon) [2006]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) (DTS, 5 ch) (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.56 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | +3% Recovery | 138 min

Three new releases this month (March) feature tenor Rolando Villazon–a CD of Zarzuela arias, one of works by Monteverdi, and this new DVD of a performance at the Vienna State Opera in 2005 of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore. Villazon is a remarkably versatile tenor and he puts his individual stamp on everything he does. Nemorino was a role in the repertoire of all "three tenors" in the 1970s and '80s: Domingo brought a certain smoothness to it early in his career, but his voice soon grew too heavy; Pavarotti was simple, affectionate, and bright-toned; and Carreras had vulnerability and warmth. Villazon has it all… –Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com