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There she meets Ernesto, who can serenade her to his heart's content, meanwhile watched by his infuriated uncle and the gleeful Malatesta. The only way of dismissing Sophronia, the doctor explains, is to let Ernesto marry Norina and take charge of the household. Pasquale is at his wits' end and would agree to anything. That he does so with a good grace when all is explained would undoubtedly have won Constantine's approbation and certainly justifies the scholarly interests of an antiquary. If the moral is that old men should not marry, so be it [watch and listen -- chapter 47, 120:20-122:09]. With a final flourish of his baton, Riccardo Muti signals the end of a performance he and the Scala orchestra can justly be proud of.

Ernesto (Gregory Kunde) with Don Pasquale (Ferruccio Furlanetto), Norina (Nuccia Focile) and members of the chorus during the closing moments of the opera. Screenshot © 1994 RAI Trade
Ernesto (Gregory Kunde) with Don Pasquale (Ferruccio Furlanetto), Norina (Nuccia Focile) and members of the chorus during the closing moments of the opera. Screenshot © 1994 RAI Trade

 

Copyright © 18 November 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Don Pasquale

DVWW-OPDPSC DVD9 NTSC 4:3 Region 0 (worldwide) DD 5.1, DTS5.1, LPCM Stereo NEW RELEASE 130' 1994 Rai Trade; 2007 TDK Marketing Europe GmbH

Ferruccio Furlanetto, Don Pasquale; Lucio Gallo, Dottor Malatesta; Gregory Kunde, Ernesto; Nuccia Focile, Norina; Claudio Giombi, a notary; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala; Roberto Gabbiani, chorus master; Riccardo Muti, conductor; Stefano Vizioli, director; Susanna Rossi Jost, sets; Roberta Guidi Di Bagno, costumes; Gianni Mantovanini, lighting

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Don Pasquale (Dramma buffo in three acts, libretto by Giovanni Ruffini), recorded live at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1994

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