Sunday, July 12, 2009

This week: opera

A zillion years ago we went to see Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (The Love Potion) at the San Francisco Opera. Luis Lima was the tenor and it helps greatly if you have a good tenor who seems young enough to be stupid in love.

This is the scene where Nemorino comes to Doctor Dulcamara (whom we called Dr. Quackamara since he's really a snake oil salesman - though not the high quality snake oil salesman that our dear Fr. Jake is, of course), seeking a love potion such as that in the story of Tristan and Isolde. Dulcamara will provide any sort of potion you ask for if you have the ready cash, natch. The Mexican-French tenor Rolando Villazón sings Nemorino in this clip.

Wednesday night we will be experiencing this opera again, only this time in Santa Fe along with another friend. (I am the luckiest person on earth to enjoy such a relationship with my ex that we can continue sharing the riches of three decades now of friendship - and do things like this that are so much richer for our having done them together before.)

Dmitri Pittas will be singing Nemorino in this production and lyric soprano Jennifer Black will sing Adina.

I will post more music of this opera in the days ahead. Enjoy.

--the BB


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Song in Italian and subtitles in German and Spanish ;=)

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

A very good voice this Villazón fellow has!