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Don't Miss Donizetti's Delightful Comic Opera Don Pasquale From The Met On PBS

 The first Metropolitan Opera telecast of 2011 this year is a witty and scintillating comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) : Don Pasquale. This was recently broadcast live in HD in movie theaters around the US and now you can see it on television on PBS this Wednesaday January 5. Check your TV listings for the time .You can also see it on the internet ;check the Met's website for deatails.

  Don Pasquale is the story of wealthy old bachelor,Don Pasquale, who wants to disinherit his nephew and heir Ernesto because he wants to marry a young widow,Norina , despite the fact that he does not approve of her .  He decides to find a pretty young lady to marry instead . 

  Pasquale's trusted physician and close friend Dr. Malatesta ,Ernesto and Norina hatch a clever plot to teach the fatuous old codger a lesson . Malatesta tells him that he knows the perfect match for him-his supposed sister Sofronia, a lovely girl fresh out of the convent.

 But in fact, she's really Norina in disguise !  They arrange a fake marriage ,and right after the ceremony, the shy and timid "Sofronia" becomes a hellcat  and the worst Bridezilla in history, bossing poor Pasquale around and spending his money extravagantly !  This drives the poor old fool to distraction . Eventually, Pasquale learns that it was all just an elaborate practical joke designed to bring him to his senses, laughs heartily, changes his mind about the wedding of Ernesto and Norina, and all ends happily !

  Donizetti's music is full of sly humor and deliciously melodious.  The cast features bass John Del Carlo as Pasquale, the lovely Russian soprano Anna Netrebko as Norina, Matthew Polenzani as Ernesto and Polish baritone Mariusz Kwecien as Malatesta. James Levine,back after a lengthy bout with serious back trouble,is on the podium .  You'll have enormous fun . 

Posted: Jan 04 2011, 05:48 PM by the horn | with no comments
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