Don Pasquale

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(Donizetti: Don Pasquale). Bass. An elderly bachelor, he disapproves of his heir, his nephew Ernesto, having a relationship with Norina, a poor young widow. He decides to marry, produce a direct heir, and disinherit Ernesto. But Norina is Malatesta's niece and he sets out to trick Pasquale into giving his consent to the young couple's marriage. Malatesta produces the ideal bride for Pasquale, his demure ‘sister Sofronia’ (Norina) and a Notary (his cousin) to marry them. Pasquale soon wishes he'd remained a bachelor, as ‘Sofronia's’ nature changes totally after their marriage. When he catches his ‘wife’ and her lover (Ernesto) together in the garden he is only too anxious to agree to annul his marriage and give his blessing to the union of Norina and Ernesto. Aria: Un foco insolito mi sento addosso (‘I'm in the grip of an unaccustomed fever’); duet (with Malatesta): Cheti, cheti, immantinente (‘Ever so quickly, we'll do down’). Created (1843) by Luigi Lablache (whose son Federico, created the Notary).

Subjects: Opera.

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