Don Pasquale


11/12/2018 - 23/12/2018

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A great success with audiences past and present, Donizetti’s opera Don Pasquale is a comedy on the theme of the eternal triangle. The composer adopts Rossini’s buffo style, emulating its virtuosity and energy, and distilling from it an essential core made possible by his own crystalline style and distinctive flair. This is irresistible music: music that pours out, ripostes, caresses, beguiles, swirls, and is at times tinged with nostalgia. With Alain Altinoglu at the helm, this delightful festive epilogue to the year will be tackled with brio by Laurent Pelly, whose zest for humour is well known.

The story

Furious at his nephew and heir Ernesto, a rich old bachelor, Don Pasquale, decides to marry. To bring him back to his senses, his friend Malatesta organises a fake marriage with his supposed sister, who is actually the clever young Norina, Ernesto’s fiancée. The gentle and tender innocent turns into a tyrannical, whimsical wife. A succession of scenes and disappointments leads Don Pasquale to regret his marriage and he is relieved when the truth emerges.

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