Donizetti's Comic Opera Don Pasquale, With James Morris, at Kennedy Center
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The last date listed for Don Pasquale was Friday May 27, 2011 / 7:30pm.
Quotes & Highlights
Read about the cast and crew of WNO’s Don Pasquale.
Ernesto stands to inherit a fortune from his uncle, Don Pasquale, but only if he forsakes Norina, the woman he loves. Dr. Malatesta has a wild plan to help his friend, and in true opera buffa fashion, hilarity ensues, complete with a sham marriage, a slap in the face, rampant overspending, and disguise. Yikes! Don Pasquale’s uproarious plot and sublime music combine to make this one of Donizetti’s finest operas. Full of humor and poignancy, the charming and tuneful score features bright melodies with coloratura fireworks.
In his WNO debut, renowned American bass-baritone James Morris—best known for his stentorian, Wagnerian roles—takes a comic turn with his role debut as Don Pasquale. Young Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina makes her company debut as the delightful Norina, and esteemed American baritone Dwayne Croft returns as the conniving but well- meaning Dr. Malatesta.
WNO’s General Director Plácido Domingo takes the podium to lead Leon Major’s imaginatively dazzling production from New York City Opera.
*Cast and Creative Team
*Don Pasquale: James Morris
Norina: Ekaterina Siurina (May 13, 16, 18, 21, 24, 27)
Julia Novikova (May 22m, 26)
Ernesto: Antonio Gandia (May 13, 16, 18, 21, 27)
Alexey Kudrya (May 22m, 24, 26)
Dr. Malatesta: Dwayne Croft
Notary: Jeffrey Tarr
Director: Leon Major
Conductor: Plácido Domingo (May 13, 18, 21, 22m, 26)
Israel Gursky (May 16, 24, 27)
Set/Costume Design: Allen Moyer
Lighting Design: Mark McCullough
Scenery and costumes originally created for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera.