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234th Season

Main Stage

16 September
2023 | Saturday
Don Pasquale
Artists Credits
Opera company
Giovanni Ruffini, Libretto author
Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Performed in Italian

Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto completed largely by Giovanni Ruffini as well as the composer. It was based on a libretto by Angelo Anelli for Stefano Pavesi's opera Ser Marcantonio written in 1810 but, on the published libretto, the author appears as "M.A."
They say about such people: "Gray hair in the beard is a devil in the rib." Wealthy aristocrat Don Pasquale decided to get married in his old age. From the love fever of an elderly miser, the youth cures, and with a very potent medicine: forcing him to feel all the "charms" of married life with a shrew wife on his own skin. Old men in the role of suitors have long been the object of barbs, but Donizetti in the opera buffa "Don Pasquale" reveals the classic comedy theme with a share of melancholy and sympathy for the main character - perhaps because the composer who wrote this brilliant score in an incredible eleven days, himself was no longer young and deeply lonely. Remaining a typical comedy of masked characters dating back to the traditions of Italian street theater, "Don Pasquale" is a work of the romantic era and therefore filled with lively feelings. At the end of the 2021-2022 season, after a long break, a very funny and slightly sad story returns to the poster of the Mariinsky Theater.

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