Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12:55 pm
CONDUCTOR: Domingo Hindoyan
LIBRETTIST: Felice Romani
Sung in ITALIAN
Estimated Run Time: 2 hrs 59 mins
Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.
One of the most popular comic operas in the repertoire, L’Elisir d’Amore combines a lighthearted story with beautiful melodies and four great leading roles. Among the star tenors to appear as Nemorino, and to perform that most rewarding of arias, “Una furtiva lagrima,” are Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Carlo Bergonzi, and, more recently, Luciano Pavarotti (pictured) and Matthew Polenzani.