• Gaetano Donizetti
  • February 2023
  • Nationwide Tour

Don Pasquale

Donizetti’s effervescent comic masterpiece is a witty, high-spirited, intergenerational 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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“If ever there was a piece of stage work that was ideal for a younger audience, this was it.” - Emer O'Kelly - Sunday Independent
“In his every moment, bass Graeme Danby moves and mugs and poses with comic brilliance.” - Michael Dungan - THE IRISH TIMES ★★★★★
“Kelli-Ann Masterson, whose talent for physical comedy is as clear as her dexterous singing...” - Alan O'Riordan - The Irish Examiner ★★★★
“delightful tenor” - Arts Scene in Wales on Rhodri Prys Jones

Cast and Creative Team

Don Pasquale Graeme Danby
Norina Kelli-Ann Masterson
Ernesto Patrick Kabongo [2022 performances]
Ernesto Rhodri Prys Jones [2023 performances]
Malatesta Ben McAteer
Notary Leanne Fitzgerald


Leanne Fitzgerald
Ben Escorcio
William Pearson
Kevin Neville
Jessica Hackett

Creative Team

Conductor Teresa Riveiro Böhm
Director Orpha Phelan
Designers Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer Matt Haskins
Assistant Director Katie O’Halloran
Répétiteur Richard McGrath
Language Coach Annalisa Monticelli
Irish National Opera Orchestra

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