DON PASQUALE. Gaetano Donizetti
12, 15, 17, 19 October, 2019
High Comedy with Bel canto
A century before Hollywood invented High comedy, Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) transformed “Opera buffa” into a delightful and brilliant analysis of human nature. “Don Pasquale”, which was first performed in Paris in 1843, is a comedy with a narration in marvellous Bel canto. It looks at the hazards and vulnerability of old age and studies the lies and interests in love.
This three-act tragic comedy with a libretto by Donizetti and Giovanni Ruffini based on a work by Angelo Anelli, tells the story of a crazy old man in love with a young girl. In its Paris premieres it attempted to win back a part of the public which had enjoyed Rossini’s comedies but had become disenchanted with the transformations and innovations under way in the world of opera. The experiment of telling this sort of story –one that has been told a thousand times over- worked because “Don Pasquale” belongs to a small group of Donizetti’s operas which never disappear from theatre programmes.
¿How did this happen? The characters of the story are aging bachelor Don Pasquale, his nephew Ernesto and sweetheart Norina, who is a young widow and lastly, wily Doctor Malatesta. They converge to tell us a story of love with all its various intrigues. The reality is quite a serious drama. However, it is all encased in a hilarious and unashamed atmosphere of an eternal story in literature: the case of a mad old man who is disturbingly in love with a young woman.
“This is frolicsome, witty, absolutely delightful music”, writes Paul Henry Lang in his description of this title by the energetic composer who masterfully combined the voices in an orchestral score in a “nearly Mozartian” manner. Accordingly, the recitatives, cavatinas and ensembles alternate with emotion, high spirits and intensity in an Opera buffa that retains all its vigour, according to Lang. It works, he concludes, “as long as we have singers and orchestra conductors who are able to transmit its spirit”
The stars in Seville are bass-baritone Carlos Chausson (Zaragoza, 1950) a singer who understands all the intricacies of “canto buffo” and Stage Director Laurent Pelly (Paris, 1962), who has many satirical productions in his catalogue. He is a brilliantly imaginative scenographer who penetrates the serious side of a comedy. This production of “Don Pasquale” is shared between the opera houses of Santa Fe, San Francisco Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona.
Conducting the Seville Symphony Orchestra ROSS and the Chorus of the theatre (Coro de la A.A. del Teatro de la Maestranza) is Corrado Rovaris (Bérgamo). He is the Musical Director of the Philadelphia Opera Company and an expert in this repertory. The voices of Joan Martín-Royo, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Sara Blanch y Francisco Escala round out the cast.
En torno a Don Pasquale
With Asociación Sevillana de Amigos de la Ópera (ASAO)
SALA DE PRENSA
11 October, 2019
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Free of charge until complete capacity
12, 15, 17, 19 October, 2019
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