Donizetti - L’Elisir d’Amore
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Cat No: 2564605573
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd October 2015
Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
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 breath-taking decrescendo in its final phrase.
Anna 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.
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