- Actors: Cesare Valletti, Alda Noni, Renato Capecchi, Giuseppe Taddei, Mario Rossi
- Format: Black & White, Classical, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
- Language: Italian
- Dubbed: Italian
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Bel Canto Society
- Release Date: Dec 7 2004
- Run Time: 112 minutes
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- ASIN: B0006419TG
L' Elisir d'Amore [Import]
Tully Potter, reviewing in International Opera Collector:
“I find myself irresistibly attracted once again to a Donizetti comic opera, this time L'elisir d'amore, a 1954 Italian TV film.
"The cast is drawn from a sort of unofficial Donizetti/Rossini repertory company that flourished in the 1950s and contributed much to Glyndebourne as well as films and records. Noni is a characterful Adina, Valletti a virtually ideal Nemorino, Capecchi an odiously conceited Belcore and Taddei one of the great Dulcamaras. All four recorded their roles for various record labels but only Noni and Valletti did so together, so this cast is unique. I could imagine an equally good performance but not a better one."
David McKee, reviewing in The Opera Quarterly: "A 1954 RAI telecast of Elisir is first-cabin all the way. For those leery of 'historical' picture and sound quality, rest assured that (presuming good-quality source material) BCS transfers generally hew to a high level of visual and aural presence. [McKee goes on to review an Elisir with Alaimo and two with Pavarotti.]
"However, I'm going to roll the dice and recommend that you seek out the BCS version [with Valletti]. Its Dulcamara and Belcore have two of the meatier voices lavished on these roles in modern times, and the romantic leads are in congenial vocal territory. It certainly promises more in terms of stylistic homogeneity than recent versions have delivered. Unlike Dr. Dulcamara's customers, you probably won't go away feeling swindled."
From the Contributor
Alan Blyth, reviewing in Gramophone:
"The advantage of an all-Italian cast is self-evident. And what a splendid cast it is, each member adept and experienced in her or his role. Valletti makes an ideal Nemorino as actor and singer. His refined voice and technique, his pointed diction are seconded by his portrait of the awkward, infatuated village lad. Noni looks a shade mature for Adina, but sings with idiomatic tone and offers well-routined acting. Incidentally the pair here repeat a partnership heard on a roughly contemporaneous audio-only version.
"Taddei, who took the part on an EMI set under Serafin a couple of years later, is a vivid Dulcamara, acting amusingly with body and voice but never overdoing the buffo elements of the role. His is a rounded portrayal, alone worth the price of the video. Capecchi, yet another experienced performer, gives a properly preening, fatuous cut to Sergeant Belcore. Rossi conducts with spirit. The staging looks dated, but seldom gets in the way of the lively, idiomatic singing."
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