Royal Opera House: Don Pasquale

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Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations.

Background: This 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.

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.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

This is a co-production with Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo

Cast & Creatives

Don Pasquale: Bryn Terfel

Norina: Olga Peretyatko

Ernesto: Ioan Hotea

Malatesta: Mariusz Kwiecień

Music: Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto: Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti

Conductor: Evelino Pidò

Director: Damiano Michieletto

Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.

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