"Don Pasquale" on Broadway
Producers: Divaria Productions and Spanish opera company Rioja Lirica; Choreographer: Jody Oberfelder
Divaria Productions and Spanish opera company Rioja Lirica will present Donizetti’s classic comedic masterpiece, Don Pasquale on the 5th anniversary of the founding of our company!
In this version of Don Pasquale, while remaining true to the magnificent music of Donizetti, weattempts to distance themselves from the classic image of the romantic opera to situate it in an atemporal and minimalist world and highlight the essential spirit of the music and of each of the characters. They transform one of the most classic operas into a musical comedy, maintaining the essence of a story which, although written 172 years ago, still hints of modern day issues. Perhaps today it is not as common for parents to force their children to marry someone against their will but how many children still opt to study something because it is the family tradition or because it is more accepted socially?
The opera tells the story of the miserly uncle Don Pasquale, intent on disinheriting his nephew Ernesto if he refuses to marry one of his uncle’s chosen suitors. To spite his nephew, Don Pasquale decides to take his own wife, Sofronia, the sister of his good friend Doctor Malatesta, Unbeknownst to him however Sofronia is actually Ernesto’s lover Norina in disguise, who plans to teach him a lesson.
This production was presented in March 2015 at the Rioja Forum in Logroño, Spain to great acclaim, hailed by La Rioja as an “artistic triumph” and a “stupendous creation”.
Featuring tenor David Guzman, bass Jorge Ocasio, soprano Ashley Bell, baritone James Wright, actress Christen Mathern, and MORE!
Directed by Anton Armendariz Diaz, Conducted by Fabio Bezuti, Choreographed by Jody Oberfelder
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