A dark comedy of lust, love and endangered legacies, Don Pasquale is a light-hearted romp infused with dramatic splendour.
At its premiere in 1843, this opera buffa – performed by four of the most celebrated singers of the day – was an immediate success. Considered Donizetti’s comic masterpiece, it still remains one of the most popular Italian comic operas of all time.
The story revolves around a classic comedic premise: a young couple in love schemes to thwart the plans of a lustful old man, who wants to marry the girl himself. But what could slide so easily into farce is balanced by Donizetti with graceful human emotion and a sophisticated score from the man often cited as a master of melody.
German director Claudia Blersch returns to Cape Town after her hugely entertaining 2017 La Cenerentola, with Italian designer Giulio Bernardi joining Maritha Visagie to bring a slice of Neapolitan life to the Baxter Theatre stage.
Outstanding young performers from the CTO Young Artist Programme – Brittany Smith (Norina) and Nkululeko Masuku (Ernesto) – are joined on stage by singers from the UCT Opera School, including Luvuyo Mbundu as Malatesta, and guest artist Bongani Kubheka in the title role.
Spanish conductor Daniel Montané makes his Cape Town debut, leading the young musicians of the UCT symphony orchestra through the bittersweet highs and lows of this sparkling comedy.
Date & Time: 21 to 24 Aug at 7.30pm & 25 Aug at 6pm
Venue: Baxter Theatre
Cost: R150 to R275
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