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Don Pasquale

on May 16, 2020
This is the page for the performance on May 16, 2020.
Music Gaetano Donizetti → Dramma buffo in drei Akten

Cast 16.05.2020

Conductor Pavel Baleff
Director Irina Brook
Stage Design Noëlle Ginefri-Corbel
Costume Design Sylvie Martin-Hyszka
Lighting Design Arnaud Jung
Choreography Martin Buczko
Don Pasquale Pietro Spagnoli
Ernesto Josh Lovell
Malatesta Adam Plachetka
Norina Andrea Carroll

Details

It is one of the world's most famous comedies: On the one side we see an ageing bachelor intent on preserving his assets and who wants to assume the role of a lover once more. On the other we see a young leading lady who cleverly toys with him. In »Don Pasquale«, Donizetti has skilfully constructed the plot and its rounded characters: While the opera is a burlesque, it is also a timeless masterpiece of a conflict between patriarchal desires and youthful self-determination. Director Irina Brook gives the comedy a contemporary touch, swiftly leading it into an exaggeratedly candy-coloured finale, in which laughter is welcome, albeit not only directed at the characters. 

Program booklet (2,50€)


The old, wealthy, but miserly bachelor Don Pasquale wants to marry off his nephew Ernesto: to a wealthy woman. Ernesto however prefers the young, destitute widow Norina, who loves him. Although Don Pasquale has never seen Norina, he rejects the marriage – and throws Ernesto unceremoniously out of his house. Despondent, Ernesto writes a farewell letter to his beloved Norina. But Norina will not give Ernesto up...

Don Pasquale’s new plan is now get married himself – and his friend Dr. Malatesta is to help him in this endeavour. Malatesta however sticks by Er- nesto and contrives a complex plot in which Norina and Ernesto have a part to play: Norina is to be presented to the bachelor as Malatesta’s well brought up sister Sofronia, who grew up in a convent. Don Pasquale is enchanted by this silent, virtuous creature – and enters into sham marriage arranged by Malatesta (but which Don Pasquale believes to be real). Immediately after the wedding, Sofronia (= Norina) changes her behaviour. She turns into a lavish, loveless, snappish shrew who terrorizes Pasquale and is – obviously – deceiving him. To get her out of the house again, Don Pasquale wants to give his nephew Ernesto not only a rich dowry, but also a home again, along with Norina (whose real identity is still unknown to him). Sofronia’s true identity is then revealed. He has to learn his lesson: a man of the older generation should not try to court a younger woman...

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