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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 7 members
Review from Kitty Lou Smith
39 events 17 reviews

Contrary to the Post reviewer we thoroughly enjoyed Don Pasquale. The singing and conducting were great, the costumes delightfully frivolous, and the plot quite amusing. The scene in which Don Pasquale completed his "bath" and got dressed was one...continued

reviewed May 13 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
15 events 9 reviews

Absolutely spectacular. Siurina (Norina) and Gandia (Ernesto) are incredibly talented with absolutely beautiful voices. They gave a flawless performance. Top tier seating was a bit far and I would choose closer seats next time, but the performance...continued

reviewed May 27 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Peter Wolfe
15 events 3 reviews

They did a good job. A very entertaining show, for the most part beautifully sung.

reviewed May 27 2011 report as inappropriate
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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.

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