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The return of Don Pasquale

Posted 10 Jan 2014

Scottish Opera's new production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale is in rehearsal.  The opera has never been out of the mainstream repertory since its launch, filled as it is with fabulous music, plenty of laughs and eccentric characters.  The production team of Renaud Doucet and André Barbe (Manon 2009) have chosen to set it in Rome at the onset of the swinging Sixties. The director, Renaud Doucet said: "We're really looking forward to bringing the warmth of Rome to Scottish audiences this winter.  It's the perfect story to ift the spirits - quirky, quick-witted and colourful."

Don Pasquale, a reclusive old man with a penchant for cats, runs his pensione with only a chain-smoking chambermaid, a greasy cook and an ancient porter for company. Worried that his wealth will be squandered by his scheming nephew Ernesto, Pasquale determines to find himself a wife. When a distinctly feline young lady turns up, he is smitten.  but having a wife is not quite as straight forward as he expected.  Has Ernesto got the better of the old curmudgeon at last?

From lyrical arias to punchy patter and sparkling humour, Donizetti's music brings this comedic masterpiece to life.  Check our listings for more details.  Read about previous productions in Scotland here.

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