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An encore performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) is this week’s Opera House offering, hosted by the late Al Ruocchio (1937-2007). One of the composer’s best-loved works, it’s almost an opera semiseria rather than an opera buffa, as it contains both moments of real pathos and one of the greatest of all buffo roles: "Doctor" Dulcamara. Written in haste in a six-week period, L'Elisir d'Amore was first performed on May 12, 1832 in Milan, and it continues to be one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas.

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CD #1 - Bizet: Symphony in C -
Martin West leads the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in this masterpiece symphony written by Bizet at age 17, plus Children's Games and Chromatic Variations. A great performance and a superb recording.





The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2014-15 Season

The Met’s 2014-15 Season Will Feature 26 Operas, Including Three Met Premieres, In Six New Productions and 18 Revivals!

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