Act II finale, "Son tradito", at the Liceu in He leaves the room just as Pasquale enters, dressed in his outdated finery, along with his servants, to whom he gives instructions to admit Malatesta on his arrival. He parades around in his grand costume, hoping it will conceal his advancing years. Malatesta arrives with Norina in tow, and introduces her to Pasquale as his sister, Sofronia, fresh out of the convent. Norina consents to the proposed marriage, which delights Pasquale.

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Then, suddenly, the orchestra calms down and gives flight to superb melodies - the first melancholic, the second lively and mischievous - that will be reprised later by the two lovers, Ernesto and Norina. Since all good comedies need a foil, Donizetti introduces an old curmudgeon, Don Pasquale, to the love interest, one of the most hilarious roles ever written the composer.

His blustering lines and his retorts to Norina are delivered with contagious energy. On a limpid music, wavering between elegant half-tones and sudden surges of energy, Don Pasquale has the power and precision of the best comic operas, offering a farce worthy of Feydeau.

Summary Don Pasquale is very demanding of his nephew Ernesto, who he prefers to disinherit rather than see marry a woman he finds "unsuitable". He decides to marry himself and produce his own heirs. Malatesta agrees to help him. In fact, Sofronia is Norina in disguise, who Malatesta convinces to go along with his plan in order to be closer to Ernesto.

Married to the elderly curmudgeon, she soon turns into a shrew and Don Pasquale soon regrets his decision. Convinced that Sofronia has a secret lover, Don Pasquale tries to trick her, but in fact he is the one who is duped. Realising he has been manipulated, Don Pasquale recognises that marriage is not for him and consents to the union of Ernesto with Norina.

Act 1 The old curmudgeon Don Pasquale informs his physician, Dr. The doctor suggests his sister, a convent girl, as a bride. Act 3 Don Pasquale starts to regret his marriage…But his worries have just begun. Convinced that Sofronia is unfaithful, Don Pasquale cooks up a plan with his false accomplice Dr.

Malatesta, in a duet where the voices of the two baritones seem to be playing hide and seek. At the end of this new plot, Don Pasquale discovers he has been duped and that marriage is not for him.


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A dirimere la bagarre intervenne Michele Accursi Amico di Donizetti , che propose di apporre le sue iniziali sul libretto. Per questo motivo, il libretto originale risulta a firma di "M. Chiede dunque al dottor Malatesta di trovargli una moglie. Il dottor Malatesta, essendo amico stretto di Ernesto, ordisce un piano per aiutare i due giovani innamorati: propone a Don Pasquale di sposare Sofronia, sua sorella, bella fanciulla appena uscita dal convento. Sapendo che Don Pasquale avrebbe accettato di buon grado la proposta, il dottor Malatesta mette in scena un finto matrimonio, chiedendo a Norina di travestirsi da Sofronia.


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