L’Elisir d’amore | Don Pasquale | Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali (Viva la Mamma)
Gaetano Donizetti Box-Set
The plot is simple but effective: a shy, naive young peasant buys a love philtre from a quack – all he gets, in fact, is a flask of wine – in order to win the heart of the girl he is in love with; in the end, and with no help from the philtre, she will realise that she loves him too. Add to this a sparkling musical language and marvellously inspired melodies – including the legendary “Una Furtiva Lagrima” – and you have the authentic masterpiece Donizetti turned out in just two weeks. Transposing the plot to the Italy of the 1950s, director Laurent Pelly (La Fille du Régiment in London and New York, with Natalie Dessay) offers us an absolute jewel, beautifully crafted and shot through with poetry.
American Heidi Grant Murphy sings Adina, accompanied by tenor Paul Groves as Nemorino. “Doctor” Dulcamara is masterfully played by the up-front Ambrogio Maestri and Laurent Naouri’s Belcore is delightfully repulsive. Appointed music director of the English National Opera in 2006, young British conductor Edward Gardner conducts the Paris Opera Orchestra.
LE CONVENIENZE ED INCONVENIENZE TEATRALI (VIVA LA MAMMA)
The “Scala Academy Project” has chosen an opera by Donizetti never before performed on the Scala stage. Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Viva la mamma !) is a dramma giocoso which premiered in Naples in 1827. Italian actor, director and writer Antonio Albanese, a true master of wit and satire, made his debut as opera director. The Orchestra is conducted by Marco Guidarini.
Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali was inspired by two comedies written by Antonio Simone Sografi between 1794 and 1816. It follows the theatrical tradition of Goldoni, Gozzi and Metastasio, and subjects the bad habits of the operatic world to biting and sardonic criticism. The opera pokes fun at the “rights, either real or presumed, that each opera artist assumes to possess and which leads them to not liking particular operas or dances, irritating the public, ruining impresarios and ridiculing virtuosos”.
Donizetti Box-Set [DVD]
Stage direction and costumes : Laurent Pelly
Adina : Heidi Grant Murphy
Nemorino : Paul Groves
Belcore : Laurent Naouri
Dulcamara : Ambrogio Maestri
Giannetta : Aleksandra Zamojska
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra de Paris
Conductor : Edward Gardner
Sets : Chantal Thomas
Lighting design : Joël Adam
HD recording : Opéra national de Paris (Opéra Bastille) | 2006
TV direction : Denis Caïozzi
Stage direction : Daniel Slater
Don Pasquale : Simone Alaimo
Dr. Malatesta : Marzio Giossi
Ernesto : Norman Shankle
Norina : Patrizia Ciofi
Notaro : Romaric Braun
Chorus of the Grand Théâtre de Genève
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Conductor : Evelino Pidò
HD recording : Grand Théâtre de Genève | 2007
TV direction : Don Kent
LE CONVENIENZE ED INCONVENIENZE TEATRALI
Stage direction : Antonio Albanese
Daria : Jessica Pratt
Procolo : Simon Bailey
Biscroma : Christian Senn
Agata : Vincenzo Taormina
Luigia : Aurora Tirotta
Guglielmo : Leonardo Cortellazzi
Pippetto : Asude Karayavuz
Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor : Marco Guidarini
HD recording : Teatro alla Scala (Milan) | 2009
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date : 08 April 2014
Distribution : Naxos Distribution
3 DVD [BOX-SET]
Reference : BAC607
Barcode : 3760115306073
Running time : 374 min.
L’Elisir d’amore : 133 min.
Don Pasquale : 127 min.
Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali : 114 min.
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0