Don Pasquale

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Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto completed largely by Giovanni Ruffini as well as the composer.

The original text

Don Pasquale tells the witty story of an old man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him, with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by Albie Louw.

Performance history in South Africa

1961: Presented by the South African Opera Federation.

1963: Presented in Afrikaans (Louw) by the UCT Opera Company

1970: Presented by PACT Opera.

1972: Presented by PACT Opera; presented by CAPAB Opera.

1978: Presented by NAPAC Opera.

1998: Presented by CAPAB Opera (20–28 March)


'Don Pasquale'. Royal Opera House.

Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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