Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale
Libretto by G. Ruffini
Ernesto stands to inherit a fortune from his uncle, Don Pasquale, but only if he forsakes Norina, the woman he loves. Dr. Malatesta has a wild plan to help his friend, and in true opera buffa fashion, hilarity ensues, complete with a sham marriage, a slap in the face, rampant overspending, and disguise. Yikes! Don Pasquale's uproarious plot and sublime music combine to make this one of Donizetti's finest operas. Full of humor and poignancy, the charming and tuneful score features bright melodies with coloratura fireworks.
In his WNO debut, renowned American bass-baritone James Morris--best known for his stentorian, Wagnerian roles--takes a comic turn with his role debut as Don Pasquale. "Charming and sassy" (The New York Times), young Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina makes her company debut as the delightful Norina, and esteemed American baritone Dwayne Croft returns as the conniving but well- meaning Dr. Malatesta. WNO's General Director Plácido Domingo takes the podium to lead Leon Major's imaginatively dazzling production from New York City Opera.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra; please contact WNO Audiences Services at (202) 295-2400 for further information.
The performance runs approximately 2 hours, 33 minutes, with two 20-minute intermissions.
PLEASE NOTE: Late seating is not permitted during the performance. Monitors are available outside of the Opera House for late arrivals to view the opera. Patrons may take their seats during the first intermission. Please plan travel carefully and allow extra time for traffic, parking, and walking to the Opera House.
Free Pre-Performance Lectures in the Opera House - Thu, May 26 & Fri, May 27 at 6:15 p.m.
Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Artist Q&A follows the matinee performance: Sun, May 22, and Mon eve, May 16.