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)

2006: Extracts from Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore presented as Four Opera Vignettes by Black Tie Ensemble in the Drama Theatre at the State Theatre (21-28 May 2006). Conductor (Donizetti operas): Graham Scott; Conductor (Puccini operas): Alexander Fokkens; Director: Michael Gieleta; Assistant to the director: Madeleen Engelbrecht; Technical co-ordinator: Vanessa Nicolau; Set design: James Macnamara Design; Costumes design & co-ordinator: Lindy Grindlay, assisted by Bronwen Lovegrove; Lighting: Simon King; Repetitors: Susan Steenkamp-Swanepoel, Louis Botha; Stage manager: Mariette Buys; Props master: Michael Mokwena; Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra South Africa; Concert master: Denise Sutton; Chorus: Black Tie Opera Chorus; Chorus master: Mathilda Hornsveld. With Monde Masimini (Don Pasquale), Jonathan Boinamo (Dr Maletesta), Tanya Tait (Norina), Khotso Tsekeletsa (Ernesto), Thabang Senekal (Notary).


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