Friday, November 3 @ 8:00 PM – Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, November 4 @ 8:00 PM – Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, November 5 @ 4:00 PM – Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
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by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti
Love. ‘It’s complicated…’ Don Pasquale, believing his nephew Ernesto to be self-indulgent because he wishes to marry Norina for love, decides to disinherit him and take a bride for himself. But the clever Dr. Malatesta devises a plan that will save the day, bringing the two young lovers and Don Pasquale all together into one ‘happily ever after’ family. Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous romp is recognized as Donizetti’s comic masterpiece.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Family friendly and suitable for all ages
Carrie Yanagawa – Set Designer
Cedar Cussins – Lighting Designer
Production Stage Manager –
Costume Coordinator –
Hair & Make-up Designer –
Chorus Master – Richard Gordon
Scene 1: Don Pasquale’s house
The elderly bachelor Don Pasquale awaits his friend Dr Malatesta, who has arranged a marriage for him. The bride, Malatesta tells him, is beautiful and innocent, and just happens to be Malatesta’s sister.
Don Pasquale reminds his nephew Ernesto that he has offered to wed him to a wealthy lady on pain of disinheritance if he refuses. Ernesto refuses again for he intends to marry his true love, Norina, who is of humble origins.
Scene 2: Norina’s house
Norina is reading and scoffing at a romantic novel. Malatesta arrives and tells her of the scheme he has hatched to help her and Ernesto marry. Norina will be introduced to Pasquale as Malatesta’s sister Sofronia, fresh from the convent. After they are ‘married’ by a false notary, Pasquale will be at their mercy.
Disowned by Pasquale, Ernesto feels he cannot ask Norina to share his poverty and prepares to depart the country
Malatesta arrives at Pasquale’s house with ‘Sofronia’, apparently shy and afraid of men. Pasquale proposes and she accepts. Malatesta’s false notary draws up the contract, making Sofronia mistress of the house and owner of half of Pasquale’s goods. The ceremony done, Sofronia instantly transforms into a domineering, spendthrift shrew and appoints Ernesto her escort.
Don Pasquale, his home completely revamped by Norina/Sofronia, examines the bills with horror. Norina enters, dressed up to go to the theatre. Pasquale tries to stop her, but ‘Sofronia’ treats him harshly. As she leaves, she deliberately drops a piece of paper. Pasquale discovers that it is a note from Sofronia’s lover arranging a tryst in the garden that evening. Pasquale sends for Malatesta and shows him the note. They agree to confront the lovers in the garden that night.
Later, in the garden, Ernesto serenades Norina, and they sing of their love. Pasquale and Malatesta spy on them and then ambush them, but Ernesto escapes unrecognized. ‘Sofronia’ denies her guilt and refuses to leave, but Malatesta persuades her that she cannot stay, as Norina is to arrive tomorrow as Ernesto’s bride. Pasquale is thus forced to accept Ernesto’s chosen wife in order to get rid of his own. When the truth is finally revealed, Pasquale forgives the youngsters and all are reconciled.
Free Pre-Opera Talks
Plan to join us one hour before each performance of Don Pasquale to learn interesting background, tidbits of information and fascinating insights into Donizetti’s comic masterpiece.
Friday, Nov 3 at 7:00 pm in the Discovery Theatre Parterre
Saturday, Nov 4 at 7:00 pm in the Discovery Theatre Parterre
Sunday, Nov 5 at 3:00 pm in the Discovery Theatre Parterre