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L'Eliisore d"Amore

By rjhselvin
Written October 14, 2012
I've seen almost all the HDTV performances since they started, and I must say that this "L'Elisir. . ." was one of the greatest. I forgot that I was in a movie theater instead of at the Met itself and started to applaud after every aria. But it wasn't just the arias; Bartlett Sher's interpretation and how it was carried out by all the singers was smiply perfect.
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L'Elisir d'Amore sings of unrequited love

By starlove
Written October 15, 2012
Donizetti's magnificent opera L'Elisir d'Amore is a lament of unrequited love, or a pleading to re-think our over-commitments. Matthew Polenzani, who sings the role of Nemorino, brings down the house at one point with his genuinely riveting portrayal of a man whose love for Adina meets with almost total rejection, until close to the end, when she finally returns his affections and love. This operatic drama is a wonderfully dynamic portrayal of a human dilemma, namely: Often our deepest commitments -- our most authentic expressions of love -- are met with rebuffs, betrayals, and rejections. That should give cause for our reflection about over-commitment, and a reawakening to the need for mutual respect, shared affections, and -- ultimately -- partnerships in love. Over-commitments can stifle love, rather than nurture it. A deeply authentic commitment can evoke mutually felt love.
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L'Elisir D'Amore

By hkathyp
Written October 14, 2012
Fantastic, from start to finish! Matthew Polenzani, as Nemorino, and Anna Netrebko, as Adina, were so passionate in their performances, both the comedic and the serious, that I was riveted. Matthew kissed the words and notes, and, truly, challenged Pavarotti's singing, of one of opera's most beloved arias. My cinema audience, spontaneuosly, burst into applause, in great appreciation. Mariusz Kwiecien was very believable as the bombastic, egotistical Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri, as Doctor Dulcamara, hillariously, stole the show. I loved Producer, Bart Sher's interpretation, showing the pathos and human agony of unrequited love, as well as the humorous foolishness of lovers, who will stop at nothing. The painted brushstroke sets were so well suited to the beautiful, strong costumes. I highly recommend this production, looking forward to seeing it, again, soon, on DVD. The Met, Live in HD opera performances are the highlight of my social season. I love them! Keep them coming, PLEASE!!!
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L'elisir D'Amore

By momm
Written October 14, 2012
It was wonderful. the tenor hero was better that Pavorotti when he sang Una lagrima furtiva the entire cast and performance were up to the Mets best standards HG
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Met Opera:LElisir d'Amore

By Ruthsmith
Written October 14, 2012
Absolutely wonderful performance, but the video transmission was so dark you could not see the background of the action at all clearly --seemed as though it had been recorded at dusk (and that is not what the Met is like).
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