Dr Malatesta

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(Donizetti: Don Pasquale). Bar. Physician and friend of Don Pasquale, who consults him about getting married and producing an heir so he can disinherit his nephew Ernesto, who wants to marry Malatesta's niece Norina, of whom Pasquale disapproves. The doctor and Norina conspire to trick Pasquale, Norina posing as Malatesta's ‘sister Sofronia’ and ‘marrying’ Pasquale (in a false ceremony conducted by a ‘Notary’, Malatesta's nephew). Malatesta then helps Pasquale to catch his ‘wife’ and her ‘lover’ (Ernesto) together and the doctor convinces Pasquale he should annul his marriage, return to a life of peace and allow the young couple to wed. Aria: Bella siccome un’ angelo (‘Beautiful as an angel’). Created (1843) by Antonio Tamburini.

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