About the production
- Run time: 2hrs 30min, 1 intermission
- Sung in: ITALIAN
- Subtitles: English, German and other languages
- Opera house: Vienna State Opera
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 Marco Armiliato and featuring a remarkable cast. Nina Minasyan is Norina, the “biddable” girl who agrees to a mock marriage with Don Pasquale (Ambrogio Maestri) in order to teach him a lesson, and clear the way to marry her true love, heartthrob Ernesto (Levy Sekgapane). Stefan Astakhov is Dr. Malatesta who masterminds the whole plot.
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Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna View in Google Maps
How to get there:
Subway: U1, U2, U4 to Karlsplatz
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 to Opernring
After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance
Conductor Marco Armiliato
Don Pasquale Ambrogio Maestri
Ernesto Levy Sekgapane
Malatesta Stefan Astakhov
Norina Nina Minasyan
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.