Don Pasquale, an old greybeard, decides to take a wife in order to overturn his nephew Ernesto’s plans. Ernesto, however, with the help of Doctor Malatesta, undertakes to ensnare Don Pasquale in the meshes of his own trap, entrusting the role of bride-to-be to Norina, his own betrothed. Docile, then intractable, Norina excels in playing at false appearances.
The conflict between the two generations smoulders and stokes the comedy whilst producing an undercurrent of wistful yearning.
With sincerity and dramatic profundity, Damiano Michieletto opens a pathway to the heart of an apparently light-hearted work, renowned as the apotheosis of opera buffa.
The Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
A co-production of the Opéra national de Paris and La Belle Télé
With the participation of France Télévisions, the support of the Orange Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée.
Director: Vincent Massip
© Opéra national de Paris – La Belle Télé – 2018
Picture: © Vincent Pontet / OnP
DescriptionDon Pasquale: A rich old bachelor who decides to marry at the last minute in order to deprive his nephew of his inheritance.
Ernesto: Don Pasquale’s nephew who is in love with Norina.
Norina: A penniless young woman who, under the pseudonym of Sofronia, pretends to be Don Pasquale’s wife.
Doctor Malatesta: A friend of the family and an ally of Ernesto and Norina, he is the mastermind of the plan to fool Don Pasquale.