WARNING! Nothing perl related here. Please move on!
So, last Saturday I visited my friend for dinner, wine (lots) and music. Well, Opera.
He'd bought a Live Recording of L'elisir D'amore (2006) with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon and the Wiener Staatsoper.
I've always considered Donizetti a "real" Belcanto composer - lots of beautiful music, no consistent action. But this recording was different. The Opera felt coherent thanks to the performance of Anna and Rolando.
Rolando Villazon can't help being a very happy young man, or a big charming boy, if you prefer.
And Anna Netrebko. Oh my God! She's very pretty on pictures. But when you see her "live" on video! Couldn't be more charming.
Those two seem the perfect couple, and of course the get each other in the end (at least in the Opera, I can't tell about real life, but who cares about real life!).
It all wouldn't matter too much if they couldn't sing. But again - the easiness by which Anna just sends out coloraturas right and left was astounding.
And Rolando had to repeat his Una furtiva lagri - says it all!
Go buy! Get! Listen!