Visit the San Diego Opera for a fresh interpretation of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Their version, set in the Old West, comes complete with the unexpected, like this bubble bath surrounded by Wild West bar maids. True to the original storyline, Pasquale is a vengeful old man out to punish his nephew. He thinks he’s marrying Sofronia, an innocent young lass who was raised in a convent. But she is actually Norina, a woman in love with the nephew. Once married, Norina shows her true colors including her love of guns, inspiring the show’s tagline, “Sometimes it’s a better life without a wife.”
To see a preview of the show, click here and open the “Watch & Listen” tab. You can view parts of the show, including a peek at John Del Carlo performing as Don Pasquale. You can also listen to discussions of the historical and cultural context of this opera and listen in as Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, plays three great recordings of Don Pasquale to help familiarize you with the opera. UCSD-TV is also broadcasting a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this fun and unique take on a classic.
Performances will be March 10 and 13 at 7:00 pm, March 16 at 8:00 pm, and March 18 at 2:00 pm. Some Orchestra seats are still available, ranging in price from $130 - $275. Other seats vary in price from $50 - $250 per seat, depending on your seating preference. Please visit the San Diego Opera’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.