L’Élisir d’Amore

Last night we had six people round to watch L’Élisir d’Amore (Donizetti). This was the 2005 Vienna production with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon. Much agreement that it would be difficult to improve on this cast. Newcomers found it relatively gentle after the drama of Traviata last month. Request for Tosca next. Still struggling a bit with the picture and the sound balance. Colours too bright and voices somehow behind the orchestra. EG has worked on this today and may have fixed it. I think it is because the sound bar is trying to make us think we are in a cinema.

Feel better for my opera fix and it is great to share it with neighbours.

Opera at home

28.2.13 We have 9 people round to watch the Salzburg 2005 Traviata (Verdi) with Netrebko and Villazon. Three new people who have seen one opera between. They coped very well, the old timers loved it though the new TV and sound bar made both the colours too heavy and the sound too shrill. I think we took out much of the bass to prevent throbbing. We’ll have to adjust it for the next one.