Don Pasquale

Dramma buffo in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti │ Libretto by Giovanni Domenico Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti, based on the work by Angelo Anelli │ In Italian with German surtitles

»Little thinks poor Don Pasquale what a lowering dreadful storm
is preparing in this moment on his head to break and fall.«


The prosperous Don Pasquale is getting on in years. Now, in old age, he plans to marry – partly to deprive his nephew Ernesto, who lives with him, of his inheritance. Ernesto is in love with a young but penniless widow called Norina; Don Pasquale wants to prevent the pair of them enjoying his money at any cost. At this point, Pasquale’s family doctor Malatesta comes into play. Having decided to help the young lovers, he devises a cunning plan in which Norina will marry Don Pasquale under a false name – but only for the sake of appearances. Then she will make Don Pasquale’s life a misery …

Featuring a funny old man, a couple of young lovers and a schemer, the opera »Don Pasquale« recalls earlier comic works like Rossini’s »The Barber of Seville« in many ways. Nonetheless, Donizetti elevates the genre to a new level by concentrating and by focussing on their psychology. In the tragedy of the betrayed Don Pasquale is taken just as seriously as that of Ernesto, who is unlucky in love – at least at first.



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Opening Night
Sat. 10 November 2018


Conductor Svetoslav Borisov
Director Christian Poewe 
Set Ddesigner Christiane Hercher
Costume Designer Lena Brexendorff
Dramaturg Thomas Schmidt-Ehrenberg 

Don Pasquale Stephanos Tsirakoglou
Doktor Malatesta Gocha Abuladze
Ernesto Jonathan Winell / Benjamin Lee
Norina Julie Martin du Theil / Hyejin Lee
Ein Notar Paul Sketris

Opernchor des Theaters Magdeburg
Magdeburgische Philharmonie

Aufführungsdauer: 2:30 h (inkl. Pause)



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