Don Pasquale - Opera - Season 18/19 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Don Pasquale

    Gaetano Donizetti

    Palais Garnier - from 22 March to 16 April 2019

    Vincent Pontet / OnP

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Don Pasquale

Palais Garnier - from 22 March to 16 April 2019

Don Pasquale

Opera Gaetano Donizetti

Palais Garnier - from 22 March to 16 April 2019

2h30 with 1 interval

Language : Italian

  • Opening night : 22 March 2019


In few words:

Don Pasquale, an old greybeard, decides to take a wife in order to overturn his nephew Ernesto’s plans. Ernesto, however, with the help of Doctor Malatesta, undertakes to ensnare Don Pasquale in the meshes of his own trap, entrusting the role of bride-to-be to Norina, his own betrothed. Docile, then intractable, Norina excels in playing at false appearances. The conflict between the two generations smoulders and stokes the comedy whilst producing an undercurrent of wistful yearning. With sincerity and dramatic profundity, Damiano Michieletto opens a pathway to the heart of an apparently light-hearted work, renowned as the apotheosis of opera buffa.


Don Pasquale: A rich old bachelor who decides to marry at the last minute in order to deprive his nephew of his inheritance.
Ernesto: Don Pasquale’s nephew who is in love with Norina.
Norina: A penniless young woman who, under the pseudonym of Sofronia, pretends to be Don Pasquale’s wife.
Doctor Malatesta: A friend of the family and an ally of Ernesto and Norina, he is the mastermind of the plan to fool Don Pasquale.

  • Opening
  • First part 80 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 45 mn
  • End


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Audio clips

Don Pasquale (saison 18/19)- Christian Senn (Dottor Malatesta), Michele Pertusi (Don Pasquale)

Don Pasquale (saison 18/19) - Pretty Yende

Don Pasquale (saison 18/19)- Javier Camarena (Ernesto)

Don Pasquale (saison 18/19)- Michele Pertusi (Don Pasquale)

About the work

Media coverage

  • Damiano Michieletto offre à Don Pasquale une entrée au répertoire digne des ors du Palais Garnier.

    Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, 13/06/2018
  • Abattage scénique, richesse du timbre, puissance de la projection, le Français remportera même la bataille de barytons du fameux duo de l’acte III avec Don Pasquale.

    Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, 13/06/2018



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