The 74th National Arts Festival by Agency for Cultural Affairs presents
Music by Gaetano DONIZETTI
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in Italian with English and Japanese surtitles
9 Nov. - 17 Nov., 2019 ( 5 Performances )
Running time is approx. 2 hours 25 mins including intervals
From Bel Canto opera, the pinnacle of opera, we bring you a new production of "Don Pasquale", an Opera Buffa piece by G. DONIZETTI known to rival "L'Elisir d'amore". In the style of Opera Buffa, the classic characters include a Basso Buffo in the title role and a Soubrette Soprano in the role of Norina, while the comical storyline takes place within a day. The thrilling arias and ensemble include Norina's cavatina "Quel guardo il cavaliere" ("That look stabbed the cavalier") and Ernesto's "Cercherò lontana terra" ("I shall seek a far‑off land"), unfolding in recitativo accompagnato style accompanied by the orchestra.
The production, by director Stefano VIZIOLI, is a popular one, having been performed in Ravenna, Bologna, Cagliari, Genova, Oman and Trieste since its initial performance at Teatro all Scala di Milano in 1994. This brilliant production shines with contemporary sensibilities in its delicate psychological expressiveness and how it unfolds scene by scene. Opera fans will not want to miss the cast line-up, with the title role played by Roberto SCANDIUZZI, well-known in Japan, the role of Norina played by rising star soprano Hasmik TOROSYAN, and the role of Ernesto played by Maxim MIRONOV, who has previously impressed audiences as the handsome Il Conte d'Almaviva.
NEWS & FEATURES
Cast change : Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" (9th to 17th November 2019)
Interview：Roberto Scandiuzzi on Don Pasquale
Don Pasquale is a rich old man who, because his only successor, his nephew Ernesto, rejects the marriage arrangement he made for him, declares that he himself will marry and produce a child.
Ernesto is in love with the young widow, Norina. Ernesto's friend Malatesta is a doctor, who hatches a plan for the young couple. Disguised as his younger sister, Norina is introduced to Don Pasquale, who falls head over heels for her as she plays the pure young maiden.
He signs the marriage papers, upon which Norina discards all pretence and makes a complete transformation into the wife from hell, indulging in every possible luxury. Don Pasquale is at a complete loss and starts to regret that he married. He finally consents to the marriage of Ernesto and Norina. Even though realizing that he has been duped by Malatesta’s scheme, he gives his blessing to the young couple.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
- CREATIVE TEAM
Roberto SCANDIUZZIDottor Malatesta
Booking Opens: 2019 Jul 28 (Sun) 10:00
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