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Don Pasquale - Gaetano Donizetti

Opera buffa in three acts (1843) - New production
In Italian with German and English surtitles

‘È finita’ — it’s over! — Don Pasquale wails after enduring a slap in the face from his new wife, and a bleak melody in the violins sums up his mood of dejection. What a contrast with the ebullient sense of anticipatory pleasure inspired in him by his marriage plans only a short time earlier! Since his nephew Ernesto refuses to renounce his beloved, the impoverished Norina, the wealthy Don Pasquale decides to disinherit him and arrange for progeny of his own. Dr Malatesta introduces him to the bashful and innocent Sofronia, who is said to have come straight from a convent but who on her marriage is abruptly transformed into a wilful, demanding and argumentative woman. Pasquale does not know that Sofronia is in fact Norina and that a bitter lesson is in store.

With Don Pasquale (1843) Donizetti enriched the medium of opera buffa with a late masterpiece. Although the story is an old one and had been used in many comic operas — an elderly bachelor has the dubious idea of taking a (young) wife — the composer was interested not in repeating old clichés but in developing the genre: he observes the traditional buffa stereotypesn through the spectacles of Romantic sensibility, turning them into living individuals with an entirely new reality and humanity.

Gianluca Capuano Conductor
Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier Director
Christian Fenouillat Costumes
Agostino Cavalca Sets
Christophe Forey Lighting
Christian Arseni Dramaturgy

Cecilia Bartoli Norina
Péter Kálmán Don Pasquale
Nicola Alaimo Dottor Malatesta
Javier Camarena Ernesto

Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco
Philharmonia Chor Wien
Walter Zeh Chorus Master


May 29 and June 1, 2020
Haus für Mozart


Preorder now! Ticket assignment starts October 14!



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