The wealthy and eccentric old bachelor Don Pasquale is pacing back and forth impatiently as he awaits Dr Malatesta. The "remedy” his physician is bringing is no ordinary medicine, but a bride! This is the image that opens Donizetti's 61st(!) opera, and the work never lets up from then on: one of the most entertaining comic operas in the musical literature unfolds like a whirlwind. As with other instalments of the Opera Hoopla series, this is no traditional opera performance: instead, an artist well-versed in the world of opera and the theatre will be introducing us to the mysteries of the genre, with illuminating commentary and analysis of the situations. Conductor and composer Dániel Dinyés and director Pál Göttinger strive to help listeners decipher Donizetti's thinking both aurally and visually: how his mind reacted to a given situation or gesture in a new libretto, how he adapted the music to it with the right melodies to breathe life into the characters and how the story would come alive on the stage.
Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic
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