Production Directed By Austin Pendleton
For its seventh season, Boston Midsummer Opera will present the sparkling comic masterpiece, Donizetti’s "Don Pasquale," playing Tsai Performance Center at Boston University (685 Commonwealth Avenue) for three performances only, July 25, 27 and 29.
Award winner and Tony Award nominee Austin
Pendleton will direct the fully staged and costumed production.
Music director and nationally acclaimed conductor Susan Davenny
Wyner will lead the performances, which will be performed with
orchestra and sung in English. Metropolitan Opera bass Ricardo
Lugo will sing the role of Don Pasquale.
The old bachelor Don Pasquale plans to marry in order to punish his rebellious nephew, Ernesto, who's in love with the young widow Norina. Pasquale wants an heir so he can cut the young man off without a penny. He consults Dr. Malatesta, who suggests as a bride his own beautiful, younger sister. Feeling his youth returning, the delighted Pasquale tells Malatesta to arrange a meeting at once. Ernesto learns that his friend Malatesta has arranged Pasquale’s marriage and feels betrayed, but little does he know that Malatesta is in fact plotting on Norina and Ernesto’s behalf.
Puerto Rican bass Ricardo Lugo (playing
Don Pasquale) is a versatile, much in demand international performer,
making his BMO debut. This season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera
for productions of "Ariadne auf Naxos" and
"La fanciulla del west." His work at the Metropolitan
Opera during the 2009--2010 season included productions of "Ariadne
auf Naxos" and "The Nose," and
he has also participated in the Met’s productions of "Macbeth,"
"Adriana Lecouvreur," "The Gambler" and
"Salome." Lugo has also appeared as Timur in Puccini’s
"Turandot" with DiCapo Opera Theater
while his concert engagements have included Verdi’s "Requiem"
with the Mexico State Symphony, the Music in
the Mountains Festival in Colorado, and Beethoven’s
"Missa Solemnis" with New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Susan Davenny Wyner has received
national acclaim for her conducting. The Library of Congress featured
her in its 2003 "Women Who Dare" Engagement Calendar, and the
"MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour" and WGBH
have presented special documentary features on her life and work. Her
conducting credits include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Czech
Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, the Danish Odense
Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra in special
benefit concerts. Prior to her conducting, she had an international career
as a lyric soprano, singing with the Metropolitan Opera
and major conductors and orchestras.
-- OnStage Boston
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