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21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 September 2007
Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Opera buffa in three acts by M. A. [Giovanni Ruffini]

Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson
Production Italo Nunziata
Set and Costume Designer Pasquale Grossi
Chorus Master Miguel Fabián Martínez
Assistant Producer Elena Barbalich
Lights Designer Patrick Latronica

Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

Production by Venezia Teatro La Fenice


Don Pasquale Simone Alaimo 21, 23, 25, 27 September
Bruno Praticò 22, 26, 28 September
Ernesto Antonio Gandia 21, 23, 25, 28 September
Marc Laho 22, 26, 27 September
Norina Aleksandra Kurzak 21, 23, 25, 27 September
Gabriella Costa 22, 26, 28 September
Dottor Malatesta Nicola Alaimo 21, 23, 25, 27 September
Domenico Balzani 22, 26, 28 September
Un notaro Giovanni Bellavia


Friday 21 September 2007 8.30 pm PREMIERE
Saturday 22 September 2007 8.30 pm F
Sunday 23 September 2007 5.30 pm D
Tuesday 25 September 2007 6.30 pm B
Wednesday 26 September 2007 6.30 pm S/2
Thursday 27 September 2007 6.30 pm C
Friday 28 September 2007 6.30 pm Single tickets


The old Don Pasquale has decided to get married, in order not to leave his fortune to his nephew Ernesto, who wishes to marry a young widow who’s not very appreciated by the old uncle. As doctor Malatesta, Ernesto’s friend, comes to know Don Pasquale’s plan, he decides to play a trick and
offers as a wife his sister Sofronia, who’s actually Norina, Ernesto’s fiancée. Don Pasquale is happy and announces the wedding to Ernesto, who’s very upset, since he doesn’t know Malatesta’s plan and so he feels cheated. Meanwhile, Malatesta instructs Norina on how to charm the old man and
on how, once they get married, to drive him crazy with her whims.
Don Pasquale is conquered by his fi ancée’s grace and shyness and wishes to celebrate the wedding. As one of Malatesta’s friends, disguised as a notary, writes the marriage certifi cate, Ernesto enters to say goodbye to his uncle. He’s very astonished in seeing Norina, but Malatesta, in a low voice, tells him about his plan. Once the contract is signed, Norina gets an amused air. While in the beginning she was humble, now she is impudent and haughty. Without asking permission to Don Pasquale, she calls the butler and orders new servants, coach, horses, dressmaker, hairdresser and calls joiners and craftsmen to do up the house.
Norina is preparing to go to the theatre, while Don Pasquale is examining the numerous bills sent by the suppliers. Norina comes down dressed up, but Don Pasquale stops her; they quarrel and Norina slaps him. Indignant, he tells her to go away and to not come back; once Norina has gone out, Don Pasquale notices a paper, accidentally lost by Norina; he picks it up, reads it and then he almost faints: it’s the letter of a suitor who invites Norina to a meeting in a grove. He calls Malatesta to help him to take revenge. The doctor pretends not to believe to Don Pasquale’s accusations, but in the end he shows himself persuaded and the two men decide to go to the grove to catch the lovers in the act. In the grove, Don Pasquale finds Norina but not the suitor, Ernesto, who, in the meantime, has gone home. Even though she is alone, Don Pasquale wishes to send her away, but she refuses. Then, the doctor says that the next day Norina, Ernesto’s wife, will enter the house. Norina, still pretending of being Sofronia, decides to leave Don Pasquale’s house, since she can’t suffer such an affront, but wants to be present to the ceremony, fearing a trick. Don Pasquale agrees, as long as he can get rid of his wife. Ernesto arrives. Norina confesses she’s not Sofronia; Malatesta says that the marriage is not valid, because the notary was a friend in disguise; Don Pasquale is happy to be free again and gives his consent to Ernesto and Norina’s marriage.


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Photographs from the opera Don Pasquale

Photographs Franco Lannino ©Studio Camera