don pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti • April 27, 30 and May 3, 5, 2019

Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale has been entertaining and delighting audiences worldwide since the mid-1800s. 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.

Pittsburgh Opera will give audiences a fresh take on this classic comedy, with a production set in 1950s Hollywood that has never before been performed in Pittsburgh.

Gary Thor Wedow conducts. Chuck Hudson directs. 

Ernesto (Javier Abreu) and Norina (Lisette Oropesa) toast to their future. Photo: David Bachman

Don Pasquale (Kevin Glavin) is overcome by Norina’s (Lisette Oropesa) beauty. Photo: David Bachman

A-listers party at Pasquale’s house. Photo: David Bachman

Norina (Lisette Oropesa) on the set of her next hit movie. Photo: David Bachman

Dr. Malatesta (Joshua Hopkins) hypes up his sister to Don Pasquale (Kevin Glavin). Photo: David Bachman

Norina’s antics bring Pasquale to his knees. Photo: David Bachman

Malatesta (Joshua Hopkins) and Norina (Lisette Oropesa) solidify their plan. Photo: David Bachman

Don Pasquale (Kevin Glavin) tells Ernesto (Javier Abreu) a secret. Photo: David Bachman

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