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Don Pasquale

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Tuesday 16 March 202119:30
Saturday 20 March 202119:00
Friday 26 March 202119:00
Saturday 03 April 202119:00
Saturday 10 April 202119:00
Sunday 18 April 202113:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Sesto QuatriniConductor
Christof LoyDirector
Johannes LeiackerSet Designer
Barbara DrosihnCostume Designer
Pietro SpagnoliBaritoneDon Pasquale
Aleksandra Kubas-KrukSopranoNorina
Konstantin ShushakovBaritoneDr Malatesta
Edgardo RochaTenorErnesto
Vladyslav TlushchBaritoneCarlotto
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Kathrin BrunnerDramaturgy
Ernst RaffelsbergerChoirmaster / chorus director
Zurich Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich

Gaetano Donizetti’s final comedic opera, Don Pasquale, was written for the Parisian Théâtre-Italien in 1843, shortly before Donizetti’s physical and mental collapse. It deals with motives that have been in play since antiquity. An elderly miser wants to marry a young girl. In Donizetti’s Dramma buffo, though, the old man is taught a bitter lesson: his factotum Dr. Malatesta is in cahoots with Norina, the beloved of Pasquale’s nephew Ernesto, as they hatch up a trick marriage plan. Once Don Pasquale has married Norina (who has assumed a fake identity), she turns his life into a living hell. The depths to which Don Pasquale sinks in the course of the opera are even greater than those of Verdi’s Falstaff, who wouldn’t take to the stage for another 40 years. At first Don Pasquale feels like a man reborn, but at the end he is faced with a shattered pile of hopes and dreams.

Donizetti’s opera oscillates between irony and gravity, showing characters far removed from common buffo clichés. Time and again, the audience finds their laughter stuck in their throats. In this production, stage director Christof Loy is interested in the characters’ depths and chasms of emotion. Making his debut in Zurich with this revival is young Italian conductor Sesto Quatrini. Appearing in the title role is Pietro Spagnoli, who has already thrilled audiences as part of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia. Appearing as Norina is Polish soprano Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk. Tenor Edgardo Rocha, a welcome guest in Zurich, sings Ernesto, while Malatesta will be sung by our ensemble member Konstantin Shushakov.

© Monika Rittershaus
© Monika Rittershaus
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