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At the Teatro Verdi in Trieste Don Pasquale is staged in an Italian comedy version of the 1960s
Donizetti's comic masterpiece is proposed in the tried and tested setting of the Comunale di Bologna directed by Gianni Marras and sets and costumes by Davide Amadei, directed by Roberto Gianola
Organized by: Giuseppe Verdi Lyric Theater Foundation of Trieste

Giuseppe Verdi Opera Theater Foundation of Trieste Presents

To the Verdi Theater of Trieste a lively staging of the Don Paschal of Gaetano Donizetti, on the bill for the Opera and Ballet Season 2022from 1 to 9 April with six performances. Maestro Concertatore and Conductor is Roberto Gianola, the direction is signed by Gianni Marras, sets and costumes are by Davide Amadei, Choir Master is Paolo Longo. Preparation of the Municipal Theater Foundation of Bologna, Orchestra, Chorus and Technicians of the Giuseppe Verdi Opera Theater Foundation of Trieste.

In the role of Ernesto alternate Antonino Siragusa is César Cortés, in that of Norina, Nina Muho and Elisa Verzier, Don Pasquale is played by Pablo Ruiz alternating with Michele Govi, the Doctor Malatesta from Vincenzo Nizzardo is Bruno Taddia, A Notary And Armando Badia, the Mime Daniele Palumbo.

It is inspired by the Italian comedy in the name of Monicelli, the director Gianni Marras: “The Italian comedy is this: dealing with comic, amusing, ironic, humorous terms of subjects that are instead dramatic. This is what distinguishes the Italian comedy from all the other comedies… ”(Mario Monicelli).

“I mention the great Mario Monicelli, explains Marras, because when I started studying the Don Pasquale of Donizetti with my set designer / costume designer Davide Amadei, we realized that the characters of this comic opera were the forerunners of those who over time would become the characters played by the comedians and the soubrette of operetta and avanspettacolo; a trend from which characters, situations and comic times would also have drawn the directors who gave life to the "Italian comedy”, That is, that cinematographic genre that arose in Italy in the second half of the 1950s and developed in the subsequent 1960s and 1970s. Rather than a real genre, the term indicates a period in which mainly brilliant comedies were produced in Italy, but with common contents such as the satire of costume and the preferably bourgeois setting, often characterized by a substantial underlying bitterness that dilutes comic content. And which comic opera more than Don Pasquale does it follow these characteristics? Deepening the study of the libretto and the score we realized that the Roman setting fit perfectly, in the various scenes, and found numerous confirmations of the Italian period of the early 1960s. How not to find in Totò, Peppino and the malafemmina (1957) our modern Don Pasquale and Doctor Malatesta? And Norina did not become the Marisa Allasio of Poor but beautiful (1957) or, around Rome perhaps on a Vespa, the Audrey Hepburn of Roman holidays (1953)? And Little Tony's tuft singing Crazy Heart (1967) does not remember Ernesto singing his serenade "How kind, the moon in the middle of April? " It is in mid-April 1961 that we see the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and it is there that our Ernesto "he will look for a distant land", In the useless attempt to reluctantly abandon his Norina who, instead, inspired by the reading of the story of" Cavalier Riccardo "as if he were the star of the photo novel Dream read at that time by many girls like her, she plots with Doctor Malatesta to bugger her poor uncle. After the wedding, she drives him crazy, spending and spreading his fortune in Jacqueline Kennedy style dresses, in Ford Thunderbird luxury cars and invading the house with all the appliances that were the sign of the "economic boom" of that period, which brought the Italy to be one of the richest nations in the world. To poor Don Pasquale, deluded that he married an honest "pin-up" chosen from the catalog that Malatesta shows him ("Beautiful as an angel") And that unleashes in him"an unusual fire”So strongly virile as to make him look like the huge Fellini Anita Ekberg de The temptations of Doctor Antonio (episode of the film Boccaccio '60 of 1962), all that remains is to give reason to the final moral which reminds us that "those who marry late in life are stupid in their brains". And the word "END" falls in the form of a check in favor of the two young lovers, brought to the stage by the faithful butler and underlined by the ironic grin of the legendary "Groucho Marx"Hired as a fake notary. Have fun!"

“Donizetti was an innovative genius - he underlines Roberto Gianola - and his writing must be considered as the culmination of Italian music in its moment of transition from the romanticism of the second Rossini to the passionate romanticism that will bear the signs of Verdi. This work contains some of the most beautiful pages of the lyric repertoire of all time and remains one of the most represented in theaters all over the world ".

Don Pasquale, comic opera in three acts and five pictures, was composed in 1842 by a Donizetti at the height of stardom, and was first staged at Théâtre-Italien in Paris the January 3, 1843 with an extraordinary cast formed by Giulia Grisi (Norina), Luigi Lablache (Don Pasquale), Antonio Tamburini (Malatesta), Mario (Ernesto) and Federico Lablache (notary) in the presence of the composer.

The first Italian performance took place at Teatro alla Scala of Milan on April 17 of the same year, while al Verdi Theater of Trieste the first of Don Pasquale dates back to the season 1848/184. In the following years the opera returned to the Verdi stage another 16 times, with over 100 performances in total, the most recent in 2015.

* Rocco Casaluci) ("Don Pasquale", photo Rocco Casaluci, below the Albanian soprano Nina Muho, who will be Norina in Trieste)
At the Teatro Verdi in Trieste Don Pasquale is staged in an Italian comedy version of the 1960s


Maestro Concertatore and Conductor
Roberto Gianola
Direction Gianni Marras
Scenes and costumes Davide Amadei
Choir Master Paolo Longo

Characters and performers
Ernesto Antonino Siragusa (1, 3, 7.04.)
César Cortés (2, 5, 9.04.)
Norina Nina Muho (1, 3, 5, 7.04.)
Elisa Verzier (2, 9.04.)
Don Pasquale Pablo Ruiz (1, 3, 5, 7.04.)
Michele Govi (2, 9.04.)
Doctor Malatesta Vincenzo Nizzardo (1, 3, 5, 7.04.)
Bruno Taddia (2, 9.04.)
A Notary Armando Badia
Mime Daniele Palumbo

Set up of the Municipal Theater Foundation of Bologna

Orchestra, Chorus and Technicians of the Giuseppe Verdi Opera Theater Foundation of Trieste


Don Pasquale
Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Funny drama in three acts
on libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti


01.04. 20.30 "before"
02.04. 16.00
03.04. 16.00
05.04. 20.30
07.04. 20.30
09.04. 20.30


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