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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) is a comic opera in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto, after Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's Le philtre (1831). Written in haste in a six-week period, L'elisir d'amore was the most often performed opera in Italy between 1838 and 1848 and it has remained continually in the international opera repertory. Today it is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas. This live 1966 recording from the MET stars Carlo Bergonzi and Roberta Peters. Thomas Schippers conducts.
Click on the YOUTUBE link below to watch Bergonzi singing the trio from Verdi's I Lombardi live at the MET at the age of 75 when he stepped in at the last minute for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.