Why not see one of the most popular operas? It is exciting to see familiar operas, maybe just for enjoyment, for making a comparison against what your mind told you this opera should be or other productions of the same opera. Opera critics: the opera as a whole or just the top notes, never mind the rest. I detest top notes when it is just put there no connection to the drama. When the top notes gives the dramatic key to the opera, telling the truth there and them, then I embrace it.
I remember the cries: "Bravo, Ramon!!" And he was worth those cries. Ana Maria Martinez, she not as great as Isabel Rey was in Opernhaus Zurich. But the production was splendid. Loved the scenography. Ramon Vargas was a sympathetic Nemorino. I remember the chorus. The individuality of the chorus. Making it real.

1999-05-15 L'Elisir d'amore (G.Donizetti), Wiener Staatsoper

Adina = Ana Maria Martinez
Nemorino =  Ramon Vargas
Belcore = Manuel Lanza
Dulcamara = Alfonso Antoniozzi
Giannetta = Uta Schwabe

Anton Guadagno, conductor

Nach einer Inszenierung von Otto Schenk
Bühnenbild und Kostüme nach Entwürfen
für die Aufführung im
Theater an der Wien 1973 von Jürgen Rose
Chorleitung - Ernst Dunshirn
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