MAR 22,25,28,30

APR 2,6,10,13,16


Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Set design: Paolo Fantin
Costume design: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting design: Alessandro Carletti
Video: Roland Horvath
Chorus master: Alessandro Di Stefano

Don Pasquale: Michele Pertusi
Dottor Malatesta: Mariusz Kwiecień
Ernesto: Javier Camarena
Norina: Pretty Yende
Un notario: Frédéric Guieu

Orchestra and Choirs of the Opéra national de Paris

Coproduction with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and the Teatro Massimo, Palermo

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Composer: Gaetano Donizetti – Librettist: Giovanni Ruffini

First performance: Paris, Théâtre Italien, 3 January 1843

As another popular opera by Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore, also Don Pasquale was written in less than two weeks – in ten days only, but from the very first performance its success was unquestionable.

Based on a libretto by Angelo Anelli (the librettist of L’italiana in Algeri), Don Pasquale tells the story of a rich and old bachelor who decides to disinherit his own nephew Ernesto and to get married with the sister of his friend, Dottor Malatesta. However, Malatesta is also a friend of Ernesto and of his lover Norina and he secretly plots with her to cheat Don Pasquale. Norina disguises herself as Malatesta’s shy and naive sister and pretends to marry Don Pasquale . Immediately after the ceremony, Norina reveals an authoritative character: she starts to give orders and becomes insolent, to Don Pasquale’s annoyance. When Don Pasquale finds Norina and Ernesto in the garden, they reveal the trick to him and he forgives them and consent to their marriage.