• Details

    The plot thickens as an old bachelor’s romantic delusions are dashed in a complex deception. This fast and funny comedy is a wonderfully accessible piece, perfect for a family outing.

    Best availability in late July and late August.

    A story of deception, vanity and folly

    The old bachelor Don Pasquale decides to marry and produce an heir just to spite his disobedient nephew Ernesto, who insists on marrying for love rather than money.

    Pasquale’s friend Dr Malatesta provides the perfect bride. But Malatesta is a double agent, and nothing and nobody are quite what they seem. Chaos ensues, but love wins the day.

    Donizetti’s bel canto gem

    The perfect entertainment for a summer night, Don Pasquale is as effervescent and quintessentially Italian as a glass of Prosecco.

    Its irresistibly lilting score bursts with the feel-good tunes, long lyrical lines, daredevil florid singing and sheer vocal beauty that define the bel canto style.

    Mariame Clément’s colourful production, inspired by Les liaisons dangereuses, is set in the opera’s original 18th-century milieu, echoing the elegance of Donizetti’s music.

    Its period forms and contours are filled out with modern details that match the score’s playfulness.

    Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

    Enhance your experience

    Insider talk
    Defining a look – make-up and wigs in Don Pasquale, Monday 14 August

    Pre-performance talk
    Join us for a bite-sized overview of the opera on Wednesday 9 August

    Don Pasquale is generously supported by the Dunard Fund

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Giacomo Sagripanti
    Director Mariame Clément
    Designer Julia Hansen
    Lighting Designer Bernd Purkrabek

    Cast includes

    Don Pasquale Renato Girolami
    Norina Lisette Oropesa
    Dr Malatesta Andrey Zhilikhovsky
    Ernesto Andrew Stenson

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus

    Gaetano Donizetti – Don Pasquale (Cricial Edition by P. Rattolino)
    Property of Casa Ricordi, Milan (Universal Music Publishing Group)
    By arrangement with G. Ricordi & Co. (London) Ltd.

  • Dates and times


    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Thu 13 July 6pm 7.25pm 9.40pm 2
    Sat 15 July 6pm 7.25pm 9.40pm 2
    Tue 18 July 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 2
    Sat 22 July 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 2
    Tue 25 July 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 3
    Fri 28 July 6pm 7.35pm 9.40pm 2
    Sun 30 July 4.35pm 6.10pm 8.25pm 2


    Date Start Long interval Finish Price band
    Wed 2 August 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 3
    Sat 5 August 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 2
    Wed 9 August 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 3
    Mon 14 August 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 3
    Thu 17 August 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 3
    Sun 20 August 4.35pm 6.10pm 8.25pm 2
    Wed 23 August 4.50pm 6.25pm 8.40pm 3