Sparkling like a magnum of champagne, a dazzlingly constructed play of light and shadow, “Don Pasquale” has always been an audience favorite and by far the most popular opera of Gaetano Donizetti.
Bursting with vitality, Ruggero Raimondi plays the duped miser as an overgrown child, who is only really at ease wearing his old dressing gown and surrounded by his cherished teddy bears. Raimondi’s burnished glow is superbly complemented by the luminous lightness and effortless artistry of tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Pasquale’s nephew Ernesto. Ernesto’s love, Norina, is played with disarming naughtiness and playful wickedness by Isabel Rey, whose sympathy with her “victim” Pasquale shimmers through her brassy demeanor. As the ambiguous Malatesta, Oliver Widmer cuts a dapper figure.
A sunny garden, a Renaissance façade, a stuffy salon that re-emerges in the third act furnished in garish pinks and reds – the set is a marvel of imagination. Conductor Nello Santi whips the action on with verve and brio, sprinkling a rubato here and a fioritura there, letting the elegiac moments breathe and infusing the entire production with the rousing spirit that makes “Don Pasquale” so beloved.
CastRuggero Raimondi | Juan Diego Flórez | Isabel Rey | Oliver Widmer
Number of acts3 Acts
Sung inItalianShare on Facebook