Don Pasquale

Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Laurent Pelly’s topsy-turvy, rotating set and inventive 20th-century costumes perfectly capture the farcical fun.

Music by Gaetano Donizetti | Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Seriously funny!

The Mercury News

Maurizio Muraro proved himself a virtuosic master of both vocal energy and comic timing.

San Francisco Chronicle

Lawrence Brownlee's Ernesto was a performance of radiance and beauty.

San Francisco Chronicle

Heidi Stober gave a smart, hilarious performance.

The Mercury News

Lucas Meacham was a commanding presence, vocally forceful.

San Francisco Chronicle

It boasts a splendid and theatrically agile cast, an imaginative stage production by director Laurent Pelly, and nimble musical leadership from conductor Giuseppe Finzi.

San Francisco Chronicle

Fast-paced, stylishly sung!

The Mercury News

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True love wins when the penny-pinching Pasquale tries to force his nephew to marry for moneyand gets a lesson he’ll never forget.

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Cast & Creative

Don Pasquale Maurizio Muraro
Norina Heidi Stober
Ernesto Lawrence Brownlee*
Dr. Malatesta Lucas Meachem 1
Dr. Malatesta Edward Nelson 2
A Notary Bojan Knežević


September 28
October 2, 4, 7, 12, and 15, 2016

Conductor Giuseppe Finzi
Director Laurent Pelly
Associate Director Dan Dooner
Set Designer Chantal Thomas
Costume Designer Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

 1September 28, October 2, October 12, and October 15

 2October 4 and 7

A co-production with Santa Fe Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Previous performances of Don Pasquale can be found in our Archive.

Program Articles

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A note from Director and Costume Designer Laurent Pelly

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This production is made possible, in part, by: Leslie and George Hume; and Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund and the Emerging Stars Fund.

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