Donizetti unleashes a cataclysmic sound as the curtain rises on his comic opera – possibly pre-empting the madness that is about to take over the stage.
Donizetti’s timeless comedy shines in Otto Schenk’s enchanting production, conducted by James Levine and featuring a remarkable cast.
The incomparable Anna Netrebko is Norina, the young widow beloved by Ernesto (a suave Matthew Polenzani), who is about to be disinherited by his miserly uncle, Don Pasquale (John Del Carlo). It takes the clever scheming of Dr. Malatesta (Mariusz Kwiecien) to set things right and to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson—fits of temper, mistaken identities, and all kinds of comic confusion included.
*Trailer features 2015 cast
Don Pasquale is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
A Met Opera HD Live Encore screening of the 13 November 2010 broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
Duration 2 hours 45 minutes, including interval.
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