Don Pasquale

Skilful production, set in our own times, which keeps the humour and vitality intact


“Haha… Prender moglie...? Perdonate la sorpresa!” (Haha... You're getting married...? Forgive me if I look surprised!)

When the aged and decrepit Don Pasquale decides to get married to thwart the expectations of his nephew and heir Ernesto, he finds himself in a waking nightmare. For Ernesto, with help from Doctor Malatesta, vows to make Don Pasquale fall into his own trap and persuades his fiancée Norina to impersonate the old man's bride. After a docile start, Norina turns into a veritable virago with a remarkable talent for acting.

The clash between generations generates a lively comedy but also an undertow of sadness. After all, is an old man not entitled to love and live? Having the courage to love means making a leap into the void.

Don Pasquale was premiered in 1843 at the Théâtre Italien in Paris (where Donizetti had been living since 1838). This well-loved opera tells a hilarious tale in which one trick leads to another and has raised a smile among audiences of many generations. Right from the brilliant overture – a capolavoro which ignores Rossini's model –, the opera unfolds in an atmosphere of lively elegance, with a perfect dovetailing of music and text. This is the masterpiece of a genius in which the music itself is eminently theatrical.

On the basis of the scintillating score which Donizetti, according to legend, wrote in just ten days, Damiano Michieletto has built his own skilful production, set in our own times, which keeps the humour and vitality intact. It possesses such sincerity and dramatic depth that,  while we recognize the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte, they immediately appeal to us as part of our own small world.  Michieletto leads us into the heart of this apparently jovial work which is considered the apotheosis of opera buffa.

The farce is underscored by the rich melodies, which are one of the hallmarks of the music, but is also very cruel, like the punishment meted out to Verdi's Falstaff. This highly entertaining comedy is also a moving and disturbing burlesque.

With the support of:

Don Pasquale 
Dramma buffo in three acts  
Libretto by Michele Accorsi 
World premiere: 3/1/1843 at the Théâtre Italien in París  
Barcelona premiere: 19/1/1848 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu  
Last Liceu performance: 27/6/2015  
Total number of Liceu performances: 103  

  • Approximate running time 2h 40m
    • Fisrt act 45m
    • Second act 37m
    • Interval 30m
    • Third act 44m

Artistic profile

Stage director
Damiano Michieletto
Set design
Paolo Fantin
Costume design
Agostino Cavalca
Alessandro Carletti
Roland Horvath / rocafilm
Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House (London) and Teatro Massimo di Palermo


DON PASQUALECarlos Chausson21th,27th September and 1th,9th October
Alessandro Corbelli22th,25th September and 3th,6th,8th October
DOCTOR MALATESTAAndrzej Filonczyk21th,25th,27th September and 1th,3th October
Carles Pachón22th September and 6th,8th,9th October
ERNESTOXabier Anduaga21th,25th,27th September and 1th,3th October
Santiago Ballerini22th September and 6th,8th,9th October
NORINASara Blanch21th,25th,27th September and 1th,9th October
Serena Sáenz22th September and 3th,6th,8th October
A NOTERIESDavid Cervera
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, director)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Josep Pons

Cambio reparto

  • Tenor Santiago Ballerini sings the role of Ernesto replacing Iván Ayón Rivas, who withdraws from the production due to a medical intervention.

September 2022

22Thursday19:00Turn E
25Sunday17:00Turn T
27Tuesday19:00Turn D

October 2022

1Saturday19:00Turn C
3Monday19:00Turn A
6Thursday19:00Turn B
8Saturday18:00Turn PD
9Sunday18:00Turn FAD

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Musical highlights of Donizett'is Don Pasquale, selected by Víctor Garcia de Gomar, artistic director of the Liceu.

Information of Interest

Cronologia liceísta 

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