Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, June 1st, with a performance of Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, with an Italian libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and the composer after Angelo Anelli's libretto for Stefano Pavesi's Ser Marcantonio. The performance will run approximately two hours and forty minutes. Stephan Lord conducts.
The well-aged and well-heeled Don Pasquale just wants a little respect. So when his headstrong nephew Ernesto (who’s head over heels for the luscious Norina) refuses to marry the woman Pasquale thinks he should, Uncle Pasquale goes ballistic. He cuts Ernesto out of his will and decides to father his own heir. All Pasquale needs is a sweet, obedient wife to do his bidding—and he thinks he’s found her. But look out, because the minute the wedding’s over, Miss Gentle-as-a-Kitten turns into Mrs. Tigress-with-an-Attitude—complete with a ferocious appetite to spend, spend, spend! Suddenly, bachelorhood never looked so good. Don Pasquale is a sparkling, wickedly sardonic, very human comedy that tickles the funny bone, yet touches audiences with its sentiment, too.