Barcelona Elisir thrills audience and critics

Monday saw the first of four sold-out performances of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece L’elisir d’amore at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, starring Rolando Villazón, Alexandra Kurzak, and Ambrogio Maestri. The Barcelona audience feted Monday’s performance with standing ovations, and critics hailed the evening as “a great night at the opera” (ABC), singling out Rolando’s “vocal beauty, depth and versatility.”

Three performances are scheduled for May 30, June 2, and June 5, with Rolando returning to Barcelona on June 27 for the culmination of his Verdi tour, a landmark performance that will also be his debut at the Catalonian capital’s Palau de la Música.