董尼才第：歌劇《愛情靈藥》 Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2DVD)【Dynamic】
Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi
Director : Alessio Pizzech
Adina: Silvia Dalla Benetta
Nemorino: Raul Hernández
Dottor Dulcamara: Alex Esposito
Belcore: Damiano Salerno
Giannetta: Elena Borin
Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti
Flute Ensemble of the Istituto Musicale Gaetano Donizetti
Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, 2007
First staged at the Canobbiana Theatre in Milan on 12th May 1832, two years after the great success of Anna Bolena, L’Elisir d’amore had a somewhat fortuitous origin; Donizetti was asked to write the opera after that the official composer of the theatre had suddenly abandoned his task.
Although the time available was very short, about a month, Donizetti, accepted the commission, insisting that the creation of the libretto be entrusted to Felice Romani, perhaps the most famous Italian librettist of the day. The opera ran to no fewer than thirty-three performances and soon won exceptional popularity all over Italy.
Felice Romani, who had already written the libretto for Anna Bolena, accomplished his task within a week, basing the libretto on the one created by Eugène Scribe for Le Philtre, an opera set by Daniel Auber in 1831.
Although of French origin, this text featured characters which were typical of eighteenthcentury comic Italian opera: the travelling doctor passing off unlikely panaceas (Dulcamara), the brash junior officer (Belcore), the simple, naïve young country boy (Nemorino), the flighty girl with a good heart (Adina).
Thanks to Romani’s excellent libretto and to Donizetti’s music these characters step beyond the stylisations of eighteenth-century buffo drama and acquire new life in psychological and musical definition.
Strictly speaking L’Elisir d’amore cannot be defined as opera buffa in the traditional sense of the term: it is rather a brilliant comedy withmany points of contact with semi-serious operas, starting from the country setting.
The choice of this subject must have been strongly influenced by the recent successes of Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula.
The opera, wholly imbued with good sentiments, develops musically in ample blocks where the continuity of narration seems to make the traditional division into recitatives, arias and ensemble pieces less evident.
The musical tone often tends towards the folksy, and the melodic writing is frank and straightforward, with a broad variety of pages of high technical content and of passages of more elegiac character; such is the case of the most famous piece in the whole opera, the aria Una furtiva lagrima, which Nemorino sings towards the end of the second act.
These DVDs offer the possibility to watch Donizetti performed in his native city of Bergamo, during the most important world festival dedicated to the Italian composer Dulcamara is interpreted by young and talented bass Alex Esposito, who makes his debut here in the role as well as in the theatre of his native city.
In 2006 he was awarded the Abbiati Prize as best opera singer of the season. Dulcamara steals the show thanks to Esposito’s dynamism and charismatic interpretation, adding to the opera a touch of freshness and modernity.
Conductor De Marchi takes as reference the original performance: the balance between sounds change, the dynamics is different ; aspects that usually are neglected are highlighted, but mostly the recitatives are accompanied not by the piano or the harpsichord, as usual, but from the cello or the double bass, enhancing the theatrical aspect of the text.
Director Alessio Pizzech drew inspiration from the notes left by conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni who suggested to set the opera in a rural environment. The action takes place in a country farm in the 40es of the last century. The famous romanza ”Una furtiva lagrima” in Enrico Caruso’s version is the leitmotiv of the soundtrack of the 2005 film Match Point, directed by Woody Allen. ” il nitido Alex Esposito si stacca per prestanza vocale, bel timbro e precisione” Gian Mario Benzing - IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA
01. Prelude and Introduction - Bel conforto al mietitore (Chorus)
02. Quanto è bella, quanto è cara (Nemorino)
03. Della crudele Isotta (Adina)
04. Come Paride vezzoso (Belcore)
05. Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera (Adina, Nemorino)
06. Udite, udite o rustici (Dulcamara)
07. Esulti pur la barbara (Nemorino, Adina)
08. In guerra ed in amore (Belcore, Adina, Nemorino)
09. Adina credimi (All)
01. Introduction - Cantiamo, facciam brindisi (Chorus)
02. Io son ricco e tu sei bella (Dulcamara, Adina)
03. Venti scudi (Nemorino, Belcore)
04. Saria possibile? (Chorus, Giannetta)
05. Dell’elisir mirabile (Nemorino, Giannetta, Adina, Dulcamara)
06. Quanto amore (Adina, Dulcamara)
07. Una furtiva lagrima (Nemorino)
08. Prendi, per me sei libero (Adina)
09. Ei corregge ogni difetto (Dulcamara)
聲道：PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1