Donizetti's Don Pasquale

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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