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“Quanto è bella, quanto è cara” January 8, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Italian, Netrebko and Villazón, Opera, Theater.

Good news from Parterre Box, my favorite opera blog: Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko’s best-known opeartic partner, is returning to public performance after a four-month hiatus caused by vocal problems.

To celebrate, excerpts from a delicious Netrebko/Villazón pairing in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, with the chorus and orchestra of the Vienna Staatsoper conducted by Alfred Eschwe. Above, the peasant Nemorino (Villazón) sings of the beauty of the fair Adina (Netrebko): “Quanto è bella, quanto è cara”

Below, Nemorino asks Dr. Dulcamara (Ildebrando D’Arcangelo) for an elisir d’amore to win his love:

Although Adina is coy, there’s an obvious attraction:

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Many complications later, Nemorino thinks he spots a furtive tear — una furtiva lagrima — on Adina’s lovely face:

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