Opéra national de Paris: Don Pasquale () Release Date: March 14th, 2019
Runtime: 2 hr. 35 min.
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Genres: Program
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in Italian
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti

Opéra national de Paris
June 19, 2018
Approximate Running Time: 2h35 with 1 intermission

“Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age.” Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry, who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Don Pasquale, a composite and varied work, is the apotheosis of opera buffa. Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, the production has been entrusted to Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendor at the heart of a seemingly light‑hearted work.

Bass Michele Pertusi sings the title role, joined by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, whose “instrument of great beauty and expression” is “perfectly suited” to the great operas of Donizetti (NPR Music). Nadine Sierra, winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, sings as the flirtatious and mischievous Norina.

Conductor Evelino Pidò
Director Damiano Michieletto
Set design Paolo Fantin
Costume design Agostino Cavalca
Lighting design Alessandro Carletti
Chorus master Alessandro Di Stefano
Orchestra & Chorus of Opéra national de Paris

Don Pasquale Michele Pertusi
Dottor Malatesta Florian Sempey
Ernesto Lawrence Brownlee
Norina Nadine Sierra
A notary Frédéric Guieu
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