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Don Pasquale 1963Teatro San Carlo, Naples

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The main operatic event of the 1963 Edinburgh Festival was the only visit of the San Carlo company from Naples, with several recognized star performers. Like Britten's English Opera Group, who seemed to appear almost annually at this time, they performed in the cramped and technically out-dated King's Theatre, traditionally the Festival's home for opera. The Hungarian staging of Bartók's one-act Duke Bluebeard's Castle seems to have largely escaped attention, perhaps because the evening was dominated by the two Bartók ballets that followed it in the programme. By being treated essentially as a ballet event, it was performed at the larger Empire Theatre, only occasionally made available to the Festival for dance programmes. It also clashed with four of the Britten performances.

The Festival's opera schedule was:

First week, commencing 19 August: Mon Rape of Lucretia & Duke Bluebeard's Castle; Tue Beggar's Opera & Bluebeard; Wed Lucretia & Bluebeard; Thu Beggar's Opera; Fri Lucretia & Bluebeard; Sat Beggar's Opera.

Second week, commencing 26 August: Mon Luisa Miller; Tue Adriana Lecouvreur; Wed Luisa Miller; Thu Don Pasquale; Fri Adriana Lecouvreur; Sat Luisa Miller.

Third week, commencing 2 Sep: Mon Adriana Lecouvreur; Tue Don Pasquale; Wed Luisa Miller; Thu Don Pasquale; Fri Adriana Lecouvreur; Sat Don Pasquale.

The San Carlo brought a superb cast directed by the great Neapolitan comic Eduardo de Filippo. Alfredo Kraus never sang opera in Scotland again.

Performance Cast

Don Pasquale a wealthy, elderly bachelor

Fernando Corena

Malatesta Pasquale's doctor and friend

Renato Capecchi

Ernesto Pasquale's nephew

Alfredo Kraus

Norina a young widow

Gianna d' Angelo

Carlo Malatesta's cousin, disguised as a Notary

Ugo d' Alessio

Performance DatesDon Pasquale 1963

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

29 Aug, 19.30 3 Sep, 19.30 5 Sep, 19.30 7 Sep, 19.30

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