There’s no fool like an old fool, particularly when it comes to love and money. And as you enter Don Pasquale’s crumbling pensione the old adage soon becomes amusingly apparent. With endearingly eccentric characters, fabulous music and plenty of laughs, director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe (Manon 2009) return with their colourful and quirky style. Set in Rome at the cusp of the Swinging Sixties, it’s the perfect setting for a titanic clash of the generations.
Don Pasquale, a reclusive old man with a penchant for cats, runs his pensione with only a chain-smoking chambermaid, a greasy cook and an ancient porter for company. Worried that his wealth will be squandered by his scheming nephew Ernesto, Pasquale determines to find himself a wife. When a distinctly feline young lady conveniently turns up, he is smitten. But having a wife is not quite as straightforward as he expected… Has Ernesto got the better of the old curmudgeon at last?
From lyrical arias, to punchy patter and sparkling humour, Donizetti’s music brings this comedic masterpiece to life. Opera buffa veteran Alfonso Antoniozzi sings Don Pasquale, internationally acclaimed tenor Aldo Di Toro is Ernesto and Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson, fresh from rave reviews as Papagena in 2012’s The Magic Flute, is Norina. Former Scottish Opera Music Director Francesco Corti makes a welcome return to conduct.
Don Pasquale was performed at:
Theatre Royal Glasgow
Fri 24 Jan 2014
Sun 26 Jan 2014
Wed 29 Jan 2014
Sat 1 Feb 2014
Don Pasquale Unwrapped Thu 30 Jan
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Tue 18 Feb 2014
Thu 20 Feb 2014
Sat 22 Feb 2014
Don Pasquale Unwrapped Wed 19 Feb
Listen to extracts from Don Pasquale
Bella siccome un angelo
Sogno soave e casto
Quel guardo il cavaliere
Cheti, cheti, immantinente
Courtesy of Sony Classical RCA Red Seal www.sonymusic.com
Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Roberto Abbado, Renato Bruson, Frank Lopardo, Eva Mei, Thomas Allen