Donizetti’s effervescent comic masterpiece is a witty, high-spirited, inter-generational tug of war about love and money — young love and old money, whipped up by lots of deceit.
Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor. Ernesto, his good-looking young heir. And Norina, an attractive young widow. This unorthodox love triangle yields a hilarious and touching masterpiece that takes a riotously entertaining slant on a threat of disinheritance, a mock marriage, and a spendthrift wife who believes husbands should be seen and not heard. Donizetti’s most sparkling operatic comedy.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes with 1 interval.
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“This opera is fun! It's one of the best musical comedies . . . the melodies are sparkling and beautiful, the story works, the whole piece is captivating. You gotta love opera” - Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
“stunning” - The Arts Review on Graeme Danby
“lyrical soft-grained” - Opera on Patrick Kabongo
“delightful tenor” - Arts Scene in Wales on Rhodri Prys Jones
Cast and Creative Team
|Don Pasquale||Graeme Danby|
|Ernesto||Patrick Kabongo [2022 performances]|
|Ernesto||Rhodri Prys Jones [2023 performances]|
|Conductor||Teresa Riveiro Böhm|
|Lighting Designer||Matt Haskins|
|Assistant Director||Katie O’Halloran|
|Language Coach||Annalisa Monticelli|
|Irish National Opera Orchestra|