Norina and Ernesto are a young couple in love but then Don Pasquale, Ernesto's aged uncle, decides to interfere. He has other plans for his nephew involving marriage to a wealthy single lady. Dr Malatesta comes to the aid of the bewildered young pair, sparking off a series of entertaining developments – bizarre incidents, mix-ups and hard lessons about life – before the happy ending is reached and they marry. All this is accompanied by Gaetano Donizetti's captivating melodies. His Don Pasquale, considered one of the foremost Italian comic operas, is a Romantic game that scored an instant success at its Parisian premiere in 1847. It is also a homage from Donizetti to the opera buffa tradition. Laurent Pelly's famed dramatic imagination is brought to bear here on a masterpiece of the genre.
Dramma buffo in three acts. Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini based on a text written by Angelo Anelli for the opera Ser Marcantonio by Stefano Pavesi. Premiered on 3 January 1843 at the Théâtre Italien in Paris. First performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 19 January 1848. Last staged at the Liceu on 13 May 1986.
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