Opera Film: DON PASQUALE - Paris National Opera
I may well be mature of age, but Im still well preserved, and as far as strength and sprightliness go, Ive enough, and some to spare. Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale, Act I, Scene III
Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age. Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry, who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Don Pasquale, a composite and varied work, is the apotheosis of opera buffa. Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, the production has been entrusted to Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendor at the heart of a seemingly lighthearted work.
Bass Michele Pertusi sings the title role, joined by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, whose instrument of great beauty and expression is perfectly suited to the great operas of Donizetti (NPR Music). Nadine Sierra, winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, sings as the flirtatious and mischievous Norina.
Don Pasquale - Michele Pertusi
Dottor Malatesta - Florian Sempey
Ernesto - Lawrence Brownlee
Norina - Nadine Sierra
A notary - Frédéric Guieu
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