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Turin, Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' returns to the stage at the Regio in the successful staging by Ugo Gregoretti
Protagonists in the title role are Nicola Alaimo alternating with Lucio Gallo, Maria Grazia Schiavo as Norina, Antonino Siragusa as Ernesto
Organized by: Teatro Regio Foundation of Turin

Teatro Regio di Torino Foundation Presents

“ Opera and Ballet Season 2023 -2024 ”
Don Pasquale, funny masterpiece by Gaetano Donizetti, returns to the stage of Teatro Regio of Turin in the successful and now historic staging of the late 90s designed by Ugo Gregoretti, director, writer and journalist considered one of the masters of Italian musical dramaturgy; sets and costumes are by Eugenio Guglielminetti, painter, sculptor and highly appreciated set designer who passed away in 2006. The filming of the direction for the occasion is entrusted to Riccardino Mass, long-time stage director at the Regio.

On stage from 25 January to 1 February 2024 for six performances, the opera will be directed by the maestro Alexander De Marchi at the head ofOrchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio, the latter instructed by Ulysses Trabacchin.

The cast is made up of singers with consolidated international careers, repertoire specialists: they will alternate in the title role Nicola Alaimo is Lucio Gallo, Maria Grazia Schiavo is Frances Pia Vitale they will play the young Norina; Antonino Siragusa is Matteo Falcier they will take on the role of Ernesto, Don Pasquale's young nephew; Simone Del Savio is Vincenzo Nizzardo will support the role of Doctor Malatesta, Marco Sportelli is Franco Rizzo they will alternate in the character of the Notary.

The direction of Ugo Gregoretti places the story in the context of a nineteenth-century Rome, full of life and poetry, an evocative backdrop for this sparkling work, in which moments of farce and others of sentimental tenderness such as the famous serenade at the moonshine by Ernesto which sent the Parisian public into a frenzy on the evening of its premiere.
Turin, Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' returns to the stage at the Regio in the successful staging by Ugo Gregoretti

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Buffo drama in three acts with a libretto by Donizetti himself and Giovanni Ruffini, inspired by a story by Angelo Anelli (Ser Marcantonio), Don Pasquale debuted on January 3 1843 at the Théâtre Italien in Paris with a stellar cast that included celebrities such as Giulia Grisi, Luigi Lablache, the tenor Mario. The success was enormous, and the Italian premiere followed in April of the same year at La Scala in Milan.

Composed in just eleven days by Donizetti at the height of his fame, Don Pasquale is one of the latest and most accomplished examples of Italian comic opera. A work of exemplary linguistic coherence, it still maintains the traditional roles of commedia dell'arte but abandons the excess of stratagems and twists, shifting the interest from the artificial plot to the human portrait of the characters and leaning decidedly towards the sentimental comedy of bourgeois setting.

The plot
The protagonist of the story is the elderly Don Pasquale, who intends to throw his nephew Ernesto out of the house, guilty of having refused to marry a rich spinster because he is in love with the young, beautiful and penniless widow Norina. Determined to disinherit him and marry himself, he asks his friend Malatesta to find him a wife, but the Doctor sets a trap for him, in order to help the two young lovers. Under the guise of a certain Sophronia, he marries Norina in a fake wedding to the old Don Pasquale. At that point, the fake wife does everything she can to make herself unbearable: she goes on shopping sprees, organizes expensive parties at home, and even leaves compromising letters around about an extramarital affair. Don Pasquale, now terrified of married life, agrees to his nephew's wedding in order to distance his wife. At this point, Ernesto reveals the prank to his uncle and Don Pasquale, having learned the lesson, wishes the two lovers happiness by accepting the moral "he who marries at an old age is a fool of brains".

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