Donizetti’s Don Pasquale from Paris

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

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Gaetano Donizetti wrote any number of irresistible comedies, including The Elixir of Love and The Daughter of the Regiment, and this sparkling score may be the best of them all.

This production of Don Pasquale, a true masterpiece from Donizetti's lighter side, comes from a legendary theater in the same city that hosted the opera's world premiere, the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris. Soprano Desirée Rancatore stars as the sly young woman Norina, with baritone Alessandro Corbelli as the opera's overbearing, yet somehow loveable title character.

Cast:

Conductor: Enrique Mazzola

Don Pasquale: Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)

Norina: Désirée Rancatore (soprano)

Dr. Malatesta: Gabriele Viviani (baritone)

Ernesto: Francesco Demuro (tenor)

Notary: Richard Tronc

National Orchestra of France

Radio France Chorus

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