Donizetti's Don Pasquale

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In the week of Valentine's Day, it's only fitting that we hear a performance of Don Pasquale -- that Donizetti classic bristling with conniving old men, mock wedding ceremonies and stacks of debt.

If that doesn't say love to you, the blow is softened by the good humor of this opera buffa, featuring the performance of star soprano Anna Netrebko under the baton of music director James Levine. Don Pasquale had its world premiere in 1843 at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris.

Updates: Rachelle Durkin will sing the role of Norina in this Saturday’s matinee performance of Don Pasquale, replacing Anna Netrebko, who is ill. Conductor Joseph Colaneri replaces James Levine, who is also ill.

Cast and credits:

Conductor: James Levine

Norina: Anna Netrebko

Ernesto: Matthew Polenzani

Malatesta: Mariusz Kwiecien

Don Pasquale: John Del Carlo

Production: Otto Schenk