'Don Pasquale' -
'The cast is admirable ...'
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
Copyright © 18 November 2007
Robert Anderson, London UK