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Don Pasquale

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Don Pasquale

Bryn Terfel heads a star cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.

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The story

Don Pasquale, a wealthy old bachelor, is outraged when he hears his nephew Ernesto intends to marry the impoverished widow Norina. He determines to marry himself and disinherit Ernesto. Ernesto and Norina despair, but their friend Doctor Malatesta promises to help them – and teach Pasquale a lesson. Malatesta persuades Norina to disguise herself as his sister, then presents her to Don Pasquale as a potential bride. Pasquale is so delighted with the young woman’s docile behaviour that he demands they marry at once.

The marriage takes place – witnessed by a fake notary – after which the young bride becomes utterly overbearing and unpleasant, tormenting her ‘husband’. When Pasquale discovers a note from his ‘wife’ arranging a rendezvous with a lover, he determines to confront her and end his misery. The conspirators are now set to reveal their trickery, but will Don Pasquale forgive them?

Background

Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.

Credits

Composer

Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto 1

Giovanni Ruffini

Libretto 2

Gaetano Donizetti

Director

Damiano Michieletto

Set designer

Paolo Fantin

Costume designer

Agostino Cavalca

Lighting designer

Alessandro Carletti

Performers

Conductor
Evelino Pidò
Don Pasquale
Bryn Terfel
Norina
Olga Peretyatko
Ernesto
Ioan Hotea
Doctor Malatesta
Mariusz Kwiecień
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets will be available here soon.

To find out more visit the Don Pasquale production page.