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
Defining a look – make-up and wigs in Don Pasquale, Monday 14 August
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
Conductor Giacomo Sagripanti
Director Mariame Clément
Designer Julia Hansen
Lighting Designer Bernd Purkrabek
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
Photo: Clive Barda