Thursday, November 28, 2019
Don Pasquale from Covent Garden
Director Damiano Michieletto
Conductor Evelino Pidò
Don Pasquale Bryn Terfel
Norina Olga Peretyatko
Ernesto Ioan Hotea
Doctor Malatesta Markus Werba
Occasionally operas from the ROH play in a local movie theater here. This time we saw Donizetti's Don Pasquale with Bryn and Olga Peretyatko. This is an excellent role for Bryn. This is regie, of course. When Norina receives a message from Ernesto, it is by way of her mobile phone. Ding.
This opera works pretty well in a modern setting. She's not an imprisoned woman like in so many other Italian comedies. Instead it's the young man who is being disinherited for wanting to marry the girl he loves. In Italian comedies love always will out. One tires of the young people tricking the nasty old man plot. One is after all old oneself.
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