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Don Pasquale
About the performance

The premiere of Don Pasquale was held on the 3rd of January 1843 at the Italian Opera House in Paris and was showered with success. The same year, the opera was staged in Milan, Turin, Vienna, London, Brussels and Lille. To this day, Don Pasquale remains one of the most visited works of Donizetti’s repertoire.

Gaetano Donizetti wrote Don Pasquale in 1842, while at the height of his fame and having no competitors (Bellini had died, Rossini had ceased writing operas and Verdi was only at the beginning of his creative path). The composer worked incredibly fast: according to one account, he created the opera in only eight days, another more cautious version said it took him three weeks. In any case, the masterpiece was created within an extremely short period of time.

Premiered on April 19, 2016.

Presented with two intervals.

Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini based on Angelo Anelli’s libretto Ser Marcantonio 

The Bolshoi Theatre production

Scene:
New Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 10 minutes
Language:
Italian
The score has been made available by UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING RICORDI S.r.l.
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Carlo Lepore as Don Pasquale.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale.

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Selso Albelo as Ernesto. Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale.

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Alexei Tatarintsev as Ernesto. Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale. Kenneth Tarver as Ernesto.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale. Yijie Shi as Ernesto.

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Ruzil Gatin as Ernesto.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale.

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Selso Albelo as Ernesto.

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Anna Aglatova as Norina. Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Dr. Malatesta.

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Venera Gimadieva as Norina. Igor Golovatenko as Dr. Malatesta.

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Konstantin Shushakov as Dr. Malatesta. Kristina Mkhitaryan as Norina.

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Guzel Sharipova as Norina. Vasily Ladyuk as Dr. Malatesta.

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Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale.

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Marco Filippo Romano as Don Pasquale. Vasily Ladyuk as Dr. Malatesta.

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Marco Filippo Romano as Don Pasquale.

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Olga Seliverstova as Norina. Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale.

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Venera Gimadieva as Norina. Igor Golovatenko as Dr. Malatesta. Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale.

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Vladimir Komovich as Carlotto. Olga Seliverstova as Norina. Ilya Kutyukhin as Dr. Malatesta. Enea Scala as Ernesto.

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Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale. Olga Seliverstova as Norina.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale. Anna Aglatova as Norina.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale. Venera Gimadieva as Norina.

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Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale. Kristina Mkhitaryan as Norina.

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Guzel Sharipova as Norina. Yijie Shi as Ernesto.

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Venera Gimadieva as Norina. Igor Golovatenko as Dr. Malatesta. Selso Albelo as Ernesto.

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Igor Golovatenko as Dr. Malatesta. Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale.

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Giovanni Furlanetto as Don Pasquale. Anna Aglatova as Norina.

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A scene from the performance.

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Kristina Mkhitaryan as Norina. Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale.

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Konstantin Shushakov as Dr. Malatesta. Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale.

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Kristina Mkhitaryan as Norina. Alexei Tatarintsev as Ernesto.

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Ilya Kutyukhin as Dr. Malatesta. Olga Seliverstova as Norina. Nikolay Didenko as Don Pasquale.

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Kristina Mkhitaryan as Norina. Konstantin Shushakov as Dr. Malatesta. Alexei Tatarintsev as Ernesto.

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Synopsis

St. Jerome University, Rome, present day.

Act I

Scene One. The University

Don Pasquale, a renowned scholar and a confirmed bachelor, makes a decision to marry on the brink of his 70th birthday.

He receives Dr Malatesta, who offers him his sister Sofronia as a bride-to-be. The girl was raised in a convent and is full of virtue. Inflamed Pasquale sends Malatesta to fetch her.

The bridegroom is anxious to share the happy news with his subordinates and his nephew Ernesto. The uncle and the nephew have been in conflict for a long time. Don Pasquale threatens to cut Ernesto off and even disinherit him by marrying, if Ernesto keeps resisting the good match arranged by his uncle, but the young man remains true to his love for the penniless young widow Norina.

Knowing now that Don Pasquale’s marriage is no blind threat, Ernesto is in turmoil. In addition he learns from his uncle that his friend Malatesta betrayed him by arranging Don Pasquale’s betrothal.

Insulted by his nephew’s obstinacy and derision, Don Pasquale cuts him off and kicks him out.

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