1996, Met New York, elisir d’amore

L’elisir d’Amore


Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: F. Romani
Venue and Dates: Metropolitan Opera House, New York
6, 9, 13, 18, 23 November 1996
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Production: John Copley
Stage Director: Elizabeth Bachman
Designer: Beni Montresor
Lighting designer: Gil Wechsler
Adina : Barbara Bonney [Joyce Guyer, 18th – see notes]
Nemorino : Roberto Alagna [Stanford Olsen, 23th – see notes]
Belcore : Simon Keenlyside [Debut]
Dr. Dulcamara : Paul Plishka
Giannetta : Anita Johnson [Debut]
Notes: On 18 June Barbara Bonney cancelled during Act II and, after an eight-minute pause, was replaced as Adina by Joyce Guyer.
Stanford Olsen is also credited with 18th June performance of Nemorino in parts of the Met website.

Click here for an interview with Simon from Opera News, 1996


From a review for Opera News


“As Belcore, baritone Simon Keenlyside (company debut) was right behind her. Though he failed to make a memorable vocal impression (partly Donizetti’s fault — the tessitura is awkward), this Schubert specialist turned out to be a highly accomplished slapstick comedian, and he and Alagna seemed to be having the time of their lives.”


An extract from “A Tenor’s Return, With Handstands” by Anthony Tommasini for The New York Times, published: November 8, 1996.

”The English baritone Simon Keenlyside had a strong Met debut as Sergeant Belcore, who swaggers into town and first wins Adina’s hand. Mr. Keenlyside has intelligence and a rich, lyric voice that he wisely never forces. And it certainly gave this love triangle plot some dramatic edge when, for once, Belcore was a dashing young man rather than some oafish comic foil.”


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