The Royal Opera presents “Don Pasquale” in its main auditorium this September, complete with a host of talented performers and the acclaimed Jonathan Miller taking on the role as director. The classic comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti has been performed regularly since it was first seen over 150 years ago and with a story that mixes a complex plot of love, betrayal and deception it is certain to leave a lasting impression on modern audiences. This will be helped by performances from the likes of Paolo Gavanelli in the title role, with Barry Banks portraying Ernesto, his love interest Norina portrayed by Iride Martínez and the role of Doctor Malatesta inhabited by Jacques Imbrailo.
Don Pasquale is the rich uncle to the young love-struck man Ernesto and wishes for him to marry a suitable and rich woman. But Ernesto goes against his uncle’s wishes when he falls for Norina, who is a far-cry from the wealthy women chosen for him. This sets a plot in motion involving deception on many levels, with Pasquale cutting Ernesto out of his inheritance and deciding to raise a new family of heirs with a wealthy wife of his own. But those working for him are planning on tricking him and through a deceptive scheme, Pasquale finds himself accidentally signing a fake marriage with Norina, allowing her to make his life a misery.
Donizetti penned “Don Pasquale” towards the end of his long career, which had spanned many decades from the 1810s right up to the 1840s, before his death in 1848. It was first performed in Paris in 1843 with a libretto penned by Giovanni Ruffini and arrives at the Royal Opera House in 2010 for a gripping performance under Jonathan Miller, whose work for opera in this country has been a driving force for many years. Over the years the show has been remembered as one a beloved comic opera with various costumes and sequences going down in history.
As a result, “Don Pasquale” is likely to be a welcome addition to the operatic landscape of 2010, with top talents combining with a renowned story for a truly remarkable piece of work.
Don Pasquale is performed by the Royal Opera from Sunday 12th September 2010 to Tuesday 21st September 2010.
|Booking From:||Sunday, 12th September 2010|
|Booking Until:||Tuesday, 21st September 2010|
|Running Time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
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