An instant hit across Europe following its premiere in 1843, Don Pasquale earned Donizetti the title ‘comic genius’. Heralded for its lyrical characterisation and witty exploration of greed and matrimony, this classic opera buffa remains one of the composer’s most popular works.
When Don Pasquale is unable to convince his nephew Ernesto to marry for money rather than love, he embarks on a mission to ﬁnd himself a bride, produce an heir and thereby deprive Ernesto of his large inheritance. Dr. Malatesta, recognising the unhappy fate that would befall any woman in the clutches of this old fool, concocts a plan to dupe the wealthy bachelor. A series of highly comic encounters ensue, as the greed of the increasingly battered and bewildered Don Pasquale is exposed.
Staged by Glyndebourne on Tour for the ﬁrst time, this biting comedy of manners is led by internationally acclaimed director Mariame Clément, who makes her Glyndebourne debut. It is conducted by Enrique Mazzola, who delighted audiences on last year’s Tour with his lively interpretation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Bass-baritone Jonathan Veira takes the role of Don Pasquale, following the success of his comic portrayal of Don Magniﬁco in last year’s production of La Cenerentola.
This production is generously supported by Handel and Yvonne Evans.
A new production for the 2011 Tour.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes including one interval of 20 minutes
Don Pasquale will be streamed live on August 6 2013
Full details will be posted here in due course.
Conductor Enrique Mazzola / Roy Laughlin (16, 19,
23, 26, 30 Nov, 3 Dec)
Director Mariame Clément
Designer Julia Hansen
Lighting Designer Bernd Purkrabek
Don Pasquale Jonathan Veira
Malatesta Andrei Bondarenko
Ernesto Enea Scala
Norina Ainhoa Garmendia
"…This astute and elegant staging restores my faith in its [the opera's] virtues by depicting a bitter, poignant comedy of human folly and nastiness."
"Most striking of all, however, is Andrei Bondarenko… His Malatesta – a vividly impersonated conman – was sung with both seductive charm and a coolly sinister edge." - The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen [4/5]
"as Julia Hansen's three-sided set starts to revolve, elegant is the word. Each exquisitely designed section is less a room than a world vividly stamped with its owner's personality: crabby old Don Pasquale, his sulky young nephew Ernesto, and the vivacious young widow Norina."
"This is a very witty, sexy production with a brilliant performance at its heart: Jonathan Veira's Don Pasquale is the quintessence of "buffo", larger than life and utterly credible." - The Independent, Michael Church [4/5]
"… the music fizzes very stylishly under Enrique Mazzola's baton." - The Times, Richard Morrison [4/5]
"…the opera is sizzlingly conducted by Enrique Mazzola, and Ainhoa Garmendia sparkles as the vixenish Norina" - The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
"Glyndebourne fizzes – without a drop of bubbly."
"From the first musky insinuation of the solo cello under conductor Enrique Mazzola, this is a Don Pasquale with an edge; peppery and pungent." - The Independent on Sunday, Anna Picard
"Scala's reedy tone and innate elegance are immensely appealing. Bondarenko, winner of the Song prize at Cardiff this year, has an astonishingly beautiful voice and is on his way to greatness if this is anything to go by Veira's subtle Pasquale is among the finest – he and Bondarenko stop the show with their second-act duet. Enrique Mazzola's conducting crackles with energy, too." - The Guardian, Tim Ashley [3/5]