Javier Camarena Hits High Notes in 'Don Pasquale'

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ambrogio Maestri and Javier Camarena star in 'Don Pasquale.' Ambrogio Maestri and Javier Camarena star in 'Don Pasquale.' (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

Tune in at 1 pm Saturday as Maurizio Benini leads a performance of Donizetti's comedy, Don Pasquale, from the Metropolitan Opera. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role, a buffoonish older gentleman who wants to marry the beautiful young widow Norina (Eleonora Buratto). Meanwhile, Pasquale's nephew, Ernesto, sung by tenor Javier Camarena, is courting Norina, as well. The meddling Dr. Malatesta (baritone Levente Molnár) devises a scheme which provides all the characters with a deserving resolution.

Mary Jo Heath hosts this live performance of the Otto Schenk production.


Conductor: Maurizio Benini

Don Pasquale: Ambrogio Maestri
Ernesto: Javier Camarena
Norina: Eleonora Buratto
Dr. Malatesta: Levente Molnár

Comments [9]

Les from Miami, Florida

Surprises aplenty! Javier Camerena encored the cabaletta "e se fia..." with interpolated high D an octave higher than written and Levente Molna'r and Ambrogio Maestri encored their Act III duet. Eleonora Buratto added high C's at the end of some ensembles, also an octave higher than written on occasion, so we did get some high notes --- or higher notes --- after all. I must say they were done tastefully, meaning not held on and on. I'd also say this performance is one of the season's highlights: the cast and orchestra were excellent. In passing: trills seem an endangered practice by many these days, though: Norina had several and even Don Pasquale had one but I heard none; ditto the earlier broadcast of "Il Trovatore".

Mar. 13 2016 06:58 AM

hit the nail on the head on this one Concetta, great afternoon of glorious music indeed. Donizetti's swan song.

Mar. 12 2016 04:12 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Wonderful performances all around. Orchestra, chorus, conductor, principals, etc.
Happy ending and no one dies.

Mar. 12 2016 03:53 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Good cast all round in this light comedy. Buratto is a marvelous Norina, and Maestro is always a delight to see and listen to. Very enjoyable.

Mar. 12 2016 03:29 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Thank you Mr. Eisenberg.

Mar. 12 2016 02:24 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

Like an aery and fine spun confetti
Is Don Pasquale by Donizetti,
A bel canto jewel,
A rich Uncle cruel
Who's making demands that are petty.ne york city

Mar. 12 2016 02:18 PM
Steve from Morristown, NJ

Wonderful performance. Well cast all the way down the line. Javier Camerena is sensational as Ernesto. He is the real deal. What a fabulous singer. Ambrogio Maestri is repeating his success as Falstaff. The soprano is making a great debut.

Mar. 12 2016 02:11 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Funny/sad opera about old age. Lovely music. Looking forward to listening today. Happy ending and not the usual mischief, murder and mayhem.

CBC: Hope you are well. tente belle cose.

Mar. 12 2016 07:15 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

Although there are no tenor high notes for "Ernesto" in "Don Pasquale" like those in "I Puritani" or "La Cenerentola" --- the highest notes he sings are B flats --- I'm looking forward to plenty of enjoyment from the fresh-voiced, bright-sounding and legato-laden Javier Camerena as exemplified in "Cerchero` lontana terra...that opens Act II and the "Serenata" "Com'e` gentil" in Act III. Also highly anticipated is the "Don Pasquale", showcasing the comedic art Ambrogio Maestri, the Met's most recent "Falstaff". "Don Pasquale" is written for a bass and "Dottor Malatesta" for a baritone, to be sung by Levente Molna'r. Both he and the "Norina" of Eleonora Buratto are new to me. Here's hoping for a light, soubrette sound for "Norina", indicative of a flirtatious girl, as we learn in her "credo" aria, "So anch'io la virtu` magica...". Conductor (and a composer) Maurizio Benini I'm sure will lead with a sure hand. Unknown till we hear it is whether the solo trumpet will open Act II as written --- I've heard an English horn in its place --- and a tambourine and guitar accompanying "Com'e gentil" as written. I've heard a tambourine and harp and sometimes just a harp. In short, this cast augers well for an enjoyable and memorable performance.

Mar. 12 2016 06:39 AM

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