Rating: NR
Length: 177 mins
Pretty Yende (Adina), Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino), Davide Luciano (Belcore), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Dulcamara)

Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.


“Audiences at the Metropolitan Opera were in for a treat this evening as they gathered for Donizetti’s heartfelt comedy “L’Elisir D’Amore.” Bartlett Sher’s production faithfully held to tradition while creating an authentic experience of a small, connected village where events big or small ripple outwards and leave nothing untouched. While Sher’s production attempts to create themes of the Risorgimento and give it a more serious touch, this evenings cast opted for more comical elements, which made the production all the more successful.LEAVES AUDIENCES DRUNK ON LOVE”. OPERA WIRE.NY.

“Glorious singing…Matthew Polenzani, in his first local performance of Donizetti’s love-besotted young farmer, scored full marks for his shrewdly paced yet unaffectedly lyric delivery of “Quanto è bella” and “Una furtiva lagrima,” the latter especially impressive for the tenor’s connection to text and his deft coloring of repeated words and phrases. Also welcome was Polenzani’s rare ability to maintain the profile of his handsome mid-size tenor in ensemble without sounding forced or pushed. “Mi sprezza il sergente” — Nemorino’s section of the hectic Act I finale — was sung with as much care and point as the character’s big solos. Anna Netrebko offered some superb vocalism.” OPERA NEWS.

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