Rejections, objections, and deceptions - Pittsburgh Opera presents a fresh take on a classic comedy, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Pittsburgh, PA… Pittsburgh Opera will finish its 80th season with a fresh take on Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, one of history’s greatest comic operas, in a 1950s Hollywood production that has never been performed in Pittsburgh.
The story concerns old and wealthy bachelor Don Pasquale, who has been the caretaker of his nephew, Ernesto, for some time. Pasquale attempts to secure Ernesto’s future by arranging a marriage between Ernesto and a “proper” girl. However, Ernesto is in love with the young widow Norina, and refuses to marry Pasquale’s suggested bride. With the help of their friend Dr. Malatesta, Ernesto and Norina set out to trick Don Pasquale into letting them marry after all.
Dr. Malatesta has Norina impersonate his sweet, innocent sister and marry Pasquale in a fake wedding. She then drives Pasquale up the wall with a series of outrageous antics until he is at her mercy and will agree to anything to get rid of her.
This production is a Hollywood retrospective with a focus on The Silent Film Era and the Golden Years of the 1950s.
As always, English supertitles will be projected above the stage.
Gary Wedow conducts. Chuck Hudson directs.
Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Pittsburgh
- Sat., April 27, 2019 * 8:00 PM
- Tues., April 30, 2019 * 7:00 PM
- Fri., May 3, 2019 * 7:30 PM
- Sun., May 5, 2019 * 3:00 PM (note special start time)
2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
- Star soprano Lisette Oropesa, who is singing the role of Norina, is an accomplished marathon runner. During her most recent Pittsburgh Opera performances, for 2015’s The Daughter of the Regiment, she ran the Pittsburgh Marathon the morning after the show’s opening night.
- Movie buffs will love the plethora of classic movie references woven throughout this production, including Sunset Boulevard, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Nutty Professor, Auntie Mame, Pleasantville, Ed Wood, Dracula, and The Wizard of Oz.
- Director Chuck Hudson studied under the French master of comedy Marcel Marceau at his school in Paris. Hudson is bringing many of the lessons he learned from Marceau about comic timing, style, and technique to this production.
Please contact Chris Cox for reservations
- Photo Call (April 15, 12:30 PM) – location TBA
- Full Dress Rehearsal (April 25, 7:00 PM), Benedum Center
- PNC is the 2018-19 Pittsburgh Opera Season Sponsor
- WQED-FM is Pittsburgh Opera’s Media Sponsor
- Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center is the Tuesday performance and ‘Meet the Artists’ post-show event sponsor