"...embellished with wordly wit [and] melodic genius."
–The Santa Fe Reporter
Norina and Ernesto are young and very much in love, but Don Pasquale, Ernesto’s aging uncle, stands in their way. The road to matrimonial bliss is filled with outlandish pranks and beguiling melodies in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, one of the greatest of all Italian comic operas – a romantic romp with heart. In this ideally cast new production staged by the imaginative Laurent Pelly, the handsome young tenor Alek Shrader, who enchanted Santa Fe audiences in Albert Herring, portrays Ernesto; Brenda Rae, who made her Santa Fe Opera debut last year as Violetta in La Traviata, and Shelley Jackson, our 2nd year apprentice, are sharing the role of Norina. The eminent British baritone Andrew Shore, a great singer with comic flair who is remembered for his 2001 Santa Fe Falstaff, sings the title role. Corrado Rovaris, who led Donizetti’s very popular Elixir of Love in 2009, returns to conduct.
8:30 pm June 28; July 4, 9,
8:00 pm July 29; August 4, 9, 13, 19, 22