La Scala

Don Pasquale

In Cinemas 1, 2, 3 & 6 Jun 2018
Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale), Rosa Feola (Norina), René Barbera (Ernesto), Mattia Olivieri (Malatesta)
Gaetano Donizetti
Davide Livermore
Set Design
Davide Livermore and Giò Forma
2h50 including interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Teatro alla Scala, Milan 19 Apr 2018
Official Event Listing
  • Excellent. The melancholic, Fellini-esque atmosphere recreates a Rome in black and white, magnificently evoked. There is a huge wealth of ideas, always well done. The audience was enthralled.
    Renato Verga, BACHTRACK
Lively and compelling. Maestri is a Don Pasquale of imposing presence and vocalism, memorable and hilarious. An undeniably high-level production. As the curtain fell, the audience greeted all the protagonists with ten minutes of applause.
Camilla Simoncini, GBOPERA

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. 

Adelaide patrons please note: this production will screen only at Palace Nova Prospect Cinema

La Scala

Milan's famous Teatro alla Scala was inaugurated on 3 August 1778. Apart from its sheer beauty and size, La Scala's acoustics are said to be perfect. One of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world, the venue is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra, as well as the La Scala Theatre Academy.

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