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As usual, in addition to the Jury ratings we also conducted a survey into whether Jury members want to see this production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.
Here are the main findings for “L’Elisir d’Amore” from Glyndebourne from Opus Arte.
"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in the cinema?"
88 % answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.
NB: This Jury included at least 11 frequent opera-goers.
64% of them found this experience better than or comparable to a live performance.
24 / 09 / 2010
This delightful production of Donizetti’s entertaining and highly “tuneful” opera sparkles with spirited singing and acting from the Glyndebourne cast. A thoroughly delightful experience...
Basque country, c. 1830. Adina, wealthy owner of a local farm, her friend Giannetta and a group of peasants are resting beneath a shade tree on her estate. At a distance Nemorino, a young villager, laments he has nothing to offer Adina but love. The peasants urge their mistress to read them a story — how Tristan won the heart of Isolde by drinking a magic love potion. No sooner has Adina done so than Sgt. Belcore swaggers in with his troop….
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This sparkling production from Glyndebourne Was enjoyed by almost everybody. And even those who had a few reservations about the cast got caught up in the enthusiasm. We had a VIP at this performance, Tony Baines, Secretary of the UK FRMS (see video interview on the “High Definition Showcase” page) who described the HD experience at L’OperaDou as “mind blowing”.
I liked being so close to the action.
The staging was clever despite the small stage area without feeling cramped. The generally joyous atmosphere was pervasive, and the acting of the chorus carried it through. I was impressed with the high quality of interpretation in all the major parts. This was a happy and humorous performance.
Delightful. We are rarely privileged to see such superb direction. The pace was brilliant. I was particularly struck by the marvellous abundance of subtle meaningful stage-stuff: gestures, expressions, groupings, furniture, lighting, etc., etc.
I didn’t like the story. Adina he was a powerful singer but monotonous. Nemorino was too weak for her. Once again, a production where the females far outshine the males.
Delightful production — able to “catch the mood” of light-headedness exactly.
I really enjoyed most of it (except possibly the contrasts of light in darkness). It was fabulous.
Fantastic. I liked everything — the voices, the costumes, etc. It is so nice to enjoy this kind of performance in such an intimate atmosphere with friends. One feels at home, at peace and extremely happy and contented. Better then a live performance.
This was an excellent production in all respects. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Wonderful, lovely production. All of the soloists were great, especially the sopranos. I repeat my wonderment at the choice of 1940s costumes for so many contemporary interpretations. However in this case, they weren’t as ugly as most.
The stage seemed very small and cramped — Nemorino’s acting skills were not up to the other principles. Adina was superb. Cast very engaging, young and enthusiastic. Costumes were anachronistic at times.
I positively loved the staging, the costumes, the modern ambience… And above all those superb voices!
The transposition into the 40s is credible, it “fits” the work well and does not take away any of its character. It’s an attractive and appealing idea. The set could have been more modern in the way it was used, more mobile, variable and inventive. But still, it is what it is: without innovation, a replica in another style of conventional staging as used in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th. It could have been better.
Singing / performance: A-
HDVD production: A
Overall ranking: A-