Opera buffa in three acts
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti
Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Teatro alla Scala Production
|Sets||DAVIDE LIVERMORE E GIÒ FORMA|
|Don Pasquale||Ambrogio Maestri|
Davide Livermore’s production sets Donizetti’s bitter comedy in the melancholic atmospheres of the black and white films of Cinecittà. The many references to the history of Italian cinema do not detract from the immediacy and liveliness of the narrative, which unfolds amidst greyscale scenery—now dark, now pearly—designed by Livermore himself with Giò Forma, and animated by the contrast with the colourful costumes by Gianluca Falaschi. Memorable is Norina’s fantastic flight over the Roman landscape in an Alfa Giulietta. The reprise is conducted by Evelino Pidò, and the protagonist roles are sung by Ambrogio Maestri, Andrea Carroll, Lawrence Brownlee, and Mattia Olivieri.