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|Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore / Rescigno Pavarotti Blegen Metropolitan Opera|
Actors: Judith Blegen, Luciano Pavarotti, Brent Ellis, Sesto Bruscantini
Director: Kirk Browning
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
The Metropolitan Opera performance of L'Elisir d'Amore is conducted by Nicola Rescigno and features Luciano Pavarotti in the title role. Donizetti's graceful melodies have long endeared his L'Elisir d'Amore to operatic aud... more »
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A heartwarming show!
PennsylvaniaMartha | 12/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If, like me, you love Pavarotti but are used to seeing the older man who can hardly move, you will find it a great pleasure just to see him literally bouncing around the stage here! It's worth the price just for that cheerful sight! He is absolutely perfect as the lovestruck and touchingly gullible country bumpkin, and it's plain to see that he loves playing as well as singing this part. He perfectly portrays the suffering, the strength, and the simple dignity of Nemorino, as well as his humorous and lovable side. And he's in terrific voice here!
The rest of the cast is also excellent and the ensemble singing is absolutely fabulous. For me, there were no weak links in this performance.
The opera is staged in a traditional manner without overly elaborate or overly realistic sets. It won't be everybody's cup of tea, but I find it charming and exactly suitable to Donizetti's style. The sound and the camera work can be uneven (that's why 4 and not 5 stars) but that is, unfortunately, pretty common in these films of staged performances, and it doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the show; I just adjust the volume up and down as needed.
This is the DVD to own for those times when you want to be swept away by the beauty of great opera music, but don't want to end up weeping -- yep, the hero and heroine both live to the end! Like I said at the beginning: it's simply heartwarming!"
figaro | Eugene, OR United States | 11/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although tempted to give this one five stars, I will say that although Pavarotti is definitely in better shape than we see him in later videos, some might still find him too chubby for the role and also his acting still leaves some to be desired. That aside, his singing is superb, and his acting is the best you generally get from him. I personally find him enjoyable enough for the role visually, and well, downright endearing. All the other cast members are a delight. My favorite is the late great buffo, Sesto Bruscantini - very famous in earlier decades - a once practicing lawyer, who knew over 100 opera roles. His comic timing is absolutely perfect as Dulcamara, and the Metropolitan Opera sets for this production are very engaging with Dr. Dulcamara coming down in a hot-air balloon. It's a terrific show all-around. As long as you are not a Pavarotti-hater, you will be very pleased with this DVD."
dee1153 | Shreveport, LA USA | 12/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Love this one!!!
This is the role that Pavarotti most identified with and it shows. He is absolutely magnificent. From his first aria, "Quanto è bella," to "Una Furtiva Lagrima," his voice is pure perfection. Not only that, but his acting is superb and his comic timing is right on the mark. He is young, limber and energetic in this version. This opera reminds us of why he was the golden tenor of a generation and the greatest voice of the century. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. Highly, highly recommended."
Claudia N. Davidsen | Ruskin, FL | 10/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is so much fun, you just laugh out loud.
Pavarotti--as other reviewers mentioned (and I paid attention)--is young and just full of it! Watching him is a delight. His acting is right on for this opera. Not quite Gomer Pyle, but along the same lines. Despite running a little pudgy even then, he moved lightly and nimbly on his feet like the soccer player he was. His face seemed to have more mobility than in later years. Listening to him was even more delightful. His voice is fresh and powerful. Not remembering the chronology off-hand, I am thinking that, by this time, he may have benefitted from Joan Sutherland's instruction on breath control. If so, he brought those skills to bear here, and his phrasing is enjoyable. (Thanks, Joan!) He remembered that he was doing comedy, and he colored his voice to great effect for laughs at all the right moments. All that comedy aside, there's a little catch in the heart in his love songs.
Blegen is cute as a button. Her face is just marvelously expressive. Others may find her voice a little small. For my tastes, it is perfect for Adina. I didn't even care that I couldn't hear her low notes. She was so much fun to watch.
Bruscantini is wonderful! Other reviewers have said it all.
I enjoyed the visuals of this production--simply but nicely done. The first act harvest-time scenery has a kind of Fragonard look about it that complemented the muted pastels of the costumes. The costumes were non-fussy and cute.
I'm very happy with this DVD."