Some days ago it was the birthday of the Italian composer Donizetti. He was born on 29 November 1797 and died on 8 April 1848.
One of Pavarotti’s best Donizetti roles was of course Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
On Donizetti’s birthday this year L’elisir d’amore was performed at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London with Roberto Alagna singing the role of Nemorino. This performance was broadcast on BBC3 radio.
In a pre opera interview on BBC3 radio the same night Roberto Alagna said this about the role of Nemorino: ”It’s like this role was created for Pavarotti”.
How accurately observed and what a great tribute to Pavarotti! And it’s true. Pavarotti loved to sing the playful Nemorino, and it was indeed a role very much suited to his character.
The video below is from a performance from The Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1981. Pavarotti sings a duet with Sesto Bruscantini who sings the role of Dulcamara. This performance was broadcast on TV and is available on DVD.