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Don Pasquale in Ireland

Don Pasquale in Ireland

I am delighted to announce that I’ll be conducting for the first time at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in Lismore, Ireland this year.

Don Pasquale, the comic opera of the bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, tells a story of an elderly bachelor, who is befooled by his doctor, doctor’s “sister” Norina – a young and beautiful widow, and the bachelor’s lovesick nephew Ernesto who marries the widow in the end. In the tradition of opera buffa, the opera makes reference to the stock characters of the commedia dell’arte: Pasquale is recognizable as blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina.

Directed by Pierre Emmanuel Rousseau, the cast will include Michele Govi as Don Pasquale, Manuel Nuñez Camelino as Ernesto, Emmett O’Hanlon as Malatesta and Aoife Gibney as Norina. Don’t miss it!

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