Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti


A Toast to Tinseltown

Bursting with pure fun. This production of Donizetti’s bubbly farce will keep you rolling in the aisles! Take a trip with us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood for this uproarious, screwball comedy—perfect for seasoned operagoers and newcomers alike. It’s the 1950s and the miserly aristocrat Don Pasquale is a silent movie star grappling with the problems and possibilities of the modern Technicolor world. In the end, the old curmudgeon learns his lesson and love rules the day. You’ll be delighted by this fresh, fun, and lively production. Be sure to keep your autograph books handy. You just might see a few of your favorite stars of the silver screen like John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Lucille Ball.

Preliminary runtime of 2 hours and 31 minutes, including one intermission.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.



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  • Synopsis

    Don Pasquale is an old film star from the silent movie era as famous as the great Norma Desmond. He lives in an old mansion on Sunset Boulevard that is as devoid of color as his old black-and-white films. His ward and nephew, Ernesto, has refused an arranged marriage, proclaiming his love for Norina, a popular Hollywood starlet. Don Pasquale, outraged, decides to disinherit the boy and beget his own heirs. 

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  • Director's Notes

    Stage Director Chuck Hudson gives us a preview of this delightfully zany production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.

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  • Composer Biography

    With nearly 70 operas to his credit, Gaetano Donizetti was the leading Italian composer in the decade between Vincenzo Bellini’s death and the ascent of Giuseppe Verdi. Donizetti was born in the northern Italian city of Bergamo to an impoverished family. After showing some musical talent, he was enrolled in the town’s Lezioni Caritatevoli, where he had the good fortune to study with Giovanni Simone Mayr, maestro di cappella at Santa Maria Maggiore. 

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  • Taste of Opera: Don Pasquale

    On Sunday, October 15, enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show meal at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera.

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