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English translation: © Heidi Hochstein Opernwelt 1/1976 L'elisir d'amore San Francisco Naturally, Jose Carrers makes a killing in "L'elisir d'amore", the most handsome Nemorino in living memory, a young man without lusting away, without pompouness, full of naturalness in his singing, his actions, his performance. Carreras is an ace that is a winner in every performance.
Judith Bergen sings Adina, lady of a manor in a very orderly, and almost a bit sterile, village. She looks lovely and she sings without difficulty. But she is totally lacking the little bit of charm from old Italian heritage, that one wishes for Adina. She is a fabulous college girl in Italian costume. But Paolo Montarsolo naturally has it made as
Dulcamara to play his happy, cryptic pranks to fool the villagers. He can make fun even with a voice that sounds less then that of a pharmacist than a quack doctor.
But one has much fun with Belcore. As ladykiller with a mustache, Ingvar Wixell marches on stage, for once in charge of a comical role. He makes full use of it, to the last detail. He stays true to it, is very serious about it. For that reason he is not singing with a heavy voice. He delivers virtuosity very lightly. It's a pleasure to listen to it.