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Donizetti's
'Don Pasquale' -
enjoyed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'The cast is admirable ...'

Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale. © 2007 TDK Marketing Europe GmbH

The last of Donizetti's comic operas was first seen at La Scala, Milan, and here we are again. Don Pasquale is now something of a dilettante, with bits of the ancient world placed strategically in a pleasant bachelor's study. On his desk is the Capitoline head of Constantine, brought down to manageable proportions. Two questions immediately arise. Why is an otherwise satisfactory room apparently open to a changeable sky and therefore to any elements that might decide to invade? And what can have persuaded an elderly man of obvious distinction to take a young bride prepared to indulge the most extravagant tastes? Of course it makes for capital comedy; but much of the time I felt deeply for the much-abused Pasquale.

Momentary happiness for Norina (Nuccia Focile) and Don Pasquale (Ferruccio Furlanetto). Screenshot © 1994 RAI Trade
Momentary happiness for Norina (Nuccia Focile) and Don Pasquale (Ferruccio Furlanetto). Screenshot © 1994 RAI Trade

 

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Copyright © 18 November 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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