Donizetti's Don Pasquale

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Donizetti's opera buffa reminded some of the city's music critics of a TV sitcom -- and in a good way.

With its over-the-top gestures and physical comedy, the opera, set in 19th century Italy, is known for its charming antics.

Tenor René Barbera is Ernesto, who is cut out of the will of Don Pasquale (bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo) for not marrying the woman his aging bachelor uncle prefers. Malatesta (baritone Corey Crider) comes to the rescue, plotting a way for Ernesto and his girlfriend Norina (soprano Marlis Petersen) to trick Pasquale and get Ernesto his inheritance.

Along with the well-balanced cast, veteran English baritone Thomas Allen makes his Lyric directorial debut.



Don Pasquale Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Norina  Marlis Petersen
Ernesto  René Barbera
Malatesta Corey Crider

CONDUCTOR: Stephen Lord
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Sir Thomas Allen
CHORUS MASTER: Martin Wright and Valerie Maze


Comments [4]

Operatico from New York

With so many wonderful sopranos around, why was this horrible singer given the opportunity to perform Norina- in such an amateurish and debutante way????

Jun. 08 2013 03:33 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Did not mean silly in a negative way. Life can be silly. This opera's silliness is joyful and enjoyable.There is also a touch of sadness in the old man's quest for love.
Best wishes Bey

Jun. 08 2013 03:29 PM

nothing "silly" about Don Pasquale, Donizetti's joke on himself, his swan song. The characters aren't cartoonish like in Barbiere di Seviglia and other buffas, plus the score is absolutely masterful. James Levine once told me it was the first score he ever studied. I'm so far enjoying the voices.

Jun. 08 2013 01:42 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Silly opera plot, beautiful music. Silly is good as a relief from all the mischief, murder and mayhem going around.

Jun. 08 2013 11:23 AM

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