Throughout his career, Donizetti churned out wonderful melodies, not to mention complete operas, at an amazing clip. By many counts, "Don Pasquale" was his 64th opera, and he finished it in just two weeks. Its premiere in Paris, early in 1843, was an instant success. Within a few months, it had also been heard in Milan, Vienna and London. By 1846, the opera made it all the way to New York City, where it was performed in English.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Don Pasquale," a true masterpiece from Donizetti's lighter side, in a production from the Vienna State Opera. Soprano Valentina Nafornita stars as the sly young woman Norina, with tenor Juan Diego Florez as Ernesto, and bass Michele Pertusi as the opera's overbearing, yet somehow lovable title character.
Don Pasquale: Michele Pertusi (bass)
Ernesto: Juan Diego Florez (tenor)
Norina: Valentina Nafornita (soprano)
Dr. Malatesta: Alessio Arduini (baritone)
Notary: Wolfram Igor Derntl (bass)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Jesús Lopez-Cobos, conductor