SCO is the City of Swansea's flag-ship opera company, touring high quality opera to venues throughout the UK, including Scotland and the Isle of Man.|
Don Pasquale by Donizetti
The company starts 2013 with a production of Donizetti's popular and uproarious comic opera, Don Pasquale. SCO are now known throughout the UK for their sparkling performances of comic opera and their Pasquale will be no exception.
Beautifully staged in English with elegant 1840's costumes, and performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country, Don Pasquale contains some of Donizetti's loveliest music and makes for an enchanting and hilarious evening's entertainment - a feast for the eyes and ears.
Don Pasquale is one of Donizetti's funniest operas and has a typically complicated plot..... but briefly.... a silly old man Don Pasquale, wants to marry in order to punish his rebellious nephew, Ernesto (who is in love with Norina), by providing himself with an heir and cutting the young man off without a penny.
Pasquale is duped by Dr Malatesta into marrying a 'country girl' Sofronia, who is actually Ernesto's lover Norina. Once married, she turns into a monster and spends Pasquale's money like water and he understandably wishes he had never married her!
Malatesta then announces that Ernesto is about to marry Norina. Norina, (still playing the part of Sofronia), threatens to leave because she doesn't want another woman in the house, and Pasquale is overjoyed! Pasquale grants permission for Ernesto to marry Norina, with his inheritance. Dumbfounded to discover Norina is none other than Sofronia, Pasquale gives the couple his blessing and decides marriage is not for an old man!!
What the papers said about our last tour of Cosi fan tutte…..
"This company always delivers the goods and when the goods is a deliciously uplifting slice of Mozart it can be very good indeed"
North Devon Journal
"Swansea City Opera are to be congratulated for every aspect of this comic tour de force."
The Public Reviews
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