New Production! After Giordano's Andrea Chenier earlier this season and Rossini's The Thieving Magpie last year, La Scala Music Director and Principal Conductor Riccardo Chailly continues his journey through the Italian repertoire with Gaetano Donizetti's charming comic opera Don Pasquale.
This beautiful new production is directed by Davide Livermore, an artist renowned for high-tech spectacle, who here transplants the action to Rome's great film studio Cinecittà in the 1950s, slyly referencing the great Italian filmmakers of the era Fellini, Visconti, Rossellini, De Sica, et al.
Ambrogio Maestri, the Falstaff par excellence of these years, take on the title role, the old bachelor Don Pasquale, another figure suspended between comedy and melancholy with the disillusion of time. With him, the best voices of the new Bel canto generation: Rosa Feola as the young widow Norina, René Barbera as Pasquale's rebellious nephew Ernesto and Mattia Olivieri as Dr. Malatesta.