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Vienna Opera

Don Pasquale

Comic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti

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Booking Confirmation by email

Ticket pick-up at the evening box office

This production

Run time: 2hrs 30min, 1 intermission


Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese

It’s one of the oldest stories of all: an old curmudgeon wants to marry a beauty young enough to be his daughter. Donizetti’s timeless comedy shines in Irina Brook’s enchanting production, conducted by Evelino Pidò and featuring a remarkable cast. Rosa Feola is Norina, the “biddable” girl who agrees to a mock marriage with Don Pasquale (Michele Pertusi) in order to teach him a lesson, and clear the way to marry her true love, heartthrob Dmitry Korchak (Ernesto). Sergey Kaydalov is Dr. Malatesta who masterminds the whole plot.

After booking online, you will receive two emails: a Booking Request email will arrive immediately and a second, separate email with your Booking Confirmation will arrive within 48 hours.

We recommend arriving at least 30 min prior to curtain time. Please bring your printed Booking Confirmation to the Evening Box Office in the foyer of the Opera House. The evening box office opens one hour before curtain.

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Public transport:

Underground: U1, U2, U4 – Stop at KARLSPLATZ
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 – Stop at OPERNRING

After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance.

Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) was remarkably productive, composing more than 60 operas plus orchestral and chamber music, in a career abbreviated by mental illness and premature death.

The libretto is largely by Italian writer Giovanni Ruffini (1807 – 1881). As Donizetti had made many changes to the draft, Ruffini asked for his name to be omitted from the score, which lead to confusion over the identity of the librettist for more than half a century.

The plot of Don Pasquale is based on the opera Ser Marcantonio (1810) by Stefano Pavesi to a libretto by Angelo Anelli.