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Milan, Donizetti's Don Pasquale returns to La Scala directed by Livermore inspired by the Cinecittà of the 1950s
Starring Ambrogio Maestri, Evelino Pidò directs
Organized by: Teatro alla Scala Foundation

Teatro alla Scala Foundation Presents

“ Season 2023/24 | Opera "
Don Paschal of Gaetano Donizetti back to Teatro alla Scala in the staging inspired by the black and white Cinecittà of David Livermore, seen for the first time in 2018: six performances are scheduled for this revival, on the calendar from 11 May to 4 June 2024.

He climbs onto the podium of the Scaliger teams Evelino Pidò, while he returns as protagonist in the role of Don Pasquale Ambrose Masters, supported by Norina di Andrew Carroll, from Lawrence Brownlee in the role of Ernesto, and from Mattia Olivieri in Malatesta's part.

The scenes are created by the director himself Livermore with the Studio Giò Forma, the costumes (just under a hundred, colorful and well-finished) are by Gianluca Falaschi, the lights of Nicolas Bovey and the videos of D-Wok.

The Turin director maintains the original setting of the story, moving it forward by just over a century: his intriguing reading transports Donizetti's bitter comedy into the atmosphere of black and white Cinecittà, in Rome at the end of the 1950s, elegant and fantastic, immortalized by the films of Fellini, Visconti, De Sica, Risi, Monicelli... An era in which realism and dream, patheticism and comedy merged in a style very similar to the "half character" of Donizetti's opera. Enriched by multiple references to the history of Italian cinema and direct quotes from famous films, the lively narrative unfolds among the imposing black and white sets which the incisive lighting design declines in all shades of grey, now dark, now pearly, animated by contrast with the color of the costumes. The video projections are of great impact, making Norina's fantastic flight over the Roman landscape aboard a spider that comes directly from "Il sorpasso" by Dino Risi particularly memorable.

Don Pasquale, seventy-first of 74 works by Gaetano Donizetti, is a comic drama in three acts with a libretto signed by MA but actually written by Giovanni Ruffini and by the composer himself; as is known, the opera derives its subject from Ser Marc'Antonio by Angelo Anelli, set to music by Stefano Pavesi in 1810 for La Scala.

It was January 3rd 1843 when Don Pasquale debuted at Théâtre des Italiens in Paris with a legendary cast made up of Luigi Lablache, Giulia Grisi, Mario and Antonio Tamburini. Greeted at the premiere by applause after each piece and by a genuine triumph at the end, Donizetti's comedy is an absolute masterpiece, which has never left the repertoire. The apparent homage to tradition and the forms of comic opera is contradicted by an unprecedented extension of the sentimental element, while the characters veer from traditional stereotypes (the senex amans, the coquette, the amorous) to acquire psychological depth and dramatic relief in a picture of cruel disenchantment: it is no coincidence that Donizetti strongly wanted the action to be set "in contemporary Rome" with "modern bourgeois" costumes.


(Photocredit © Brescia & Amisano|Teatro alla Scala)
Milan, Donizetti's Don Pasquale returns to La Scala directed by Livermore inspired by the Cinecittà of the 1950s

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Livermore's direction also imagines an ironic background to the story narrated by the opera, revealed by a choreography that accompanies the overture showing the funeral of Don Pasquale's mother, a cumbersome presence that has always prevented the son from approaching a woman. Serving as a common thread, the old woman with the black hat reappears in repeated flashbacks, reappears in the painting in the living room and occasionally crosses the scene like a ghost.    


Director Evelino Pidò
Direction Davide Livermore

Scenes Davide Livermore and Giò Forma
Costumes Gianluca Falaschi
Lights Nicolas Bovey
Video D-Wok

Characters and performers
Don Pasquale Ambrogio Maestri
Norina Andrew Carroll
Ernesto Lawrence Brownlee
Malatesta Mattia Olivieri
A notary Andrew Brings


Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale

Funny drama in three acts
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini

Revision according to the autograph score by Piero Rattalino


11 May 2024 at 8pm 'before'
performances 17, 25, 28, 31 May and 4 June at 8pm

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