|Gaetano Donizetti|| |
L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)
Rolando Villazón (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass-Baritone), Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
Live from the Vienna State Opera production – April 2005
Rolando Villazón as Nemorino exhibits a real gift for comic acting, manipulating his rubber face into dozens of hilarious poses, flawlessly turning stock comic gestures into laugh-out-loud moments, and even juggling apples with the panache of a circus performer. More important, he uses his lyric tenor to sing the part with impressive subtlety, suggesting Nemorino’s desperation while singing of his love for Adina. His big show-stopper, “Una furtiva lagrima,” features melting pianissimos and a breathtaking decrescendo in its final phrase. Netrebko’s Adina is every bit as good, with deft acting and a lovely lyric soprano voice that makes you understand why she’s the only girl for Nemorino.