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Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Maurizio Benini conducts Donizetti's bel canto comedy, with Angela Gheorghiu and Massimo Giordano in the lead roles.

From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Maurizio Benini conducts Donizetti's belcanto comedy, with Angela Gheorghiu and Massimo Giordano in the lead roles.

The young Nemorino is in love with the beautiful farm owner Adina, but she seems beyond his reach, even more so when Sergeant Belcore turns up and asks her to marry him. But Dr Dulcamara, a travelling quack and charlatan, arrives in the village offering potions capable of curing anything, including an elixir of love.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The interval includes backstage interviews with members of the cast.

Nemorino ...... Massimo Giordano (tenor)
Adina ...... Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)
Belcore ...... Franco Vassallo (baritone)
Giannetta ...... Ying Huang (soprano)
Dulcamara ...... Simone Alaimo (bass-baritone)
Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera
Maurizio Benini (conductor).

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