No Fool Like an Old Fool, in English & Italian

Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Don Pasquale

No Fool Like an Old Fool, in English & Italian

Don Pasquale, Donizetti’s opera buffa, sees young lovers outwit their somewhat lecherous elderly uncle. Arranged marriage, servants delivering secret letters, disguised identity, and deliberate over acting all play into the plot. In this Salon Opera version, the action is condensed to 75 minutes. Sung in the original Italian, the plot is propelled by the presence of an invented 21st century talk show host, who interviews the four characters in English at intervals throughout the show. Helping to understand the lyrics of the delectable music, the combination of the English narrative with the luscious Italian, makes for a fun comic opera evening. Opera fans enjoy the close-up setting, with great voices heard in the unusually intimate tented theater. Salon Opera patrons new to opera often say it is the production's unexpected high comedy, sometimes lost in contemporary opera staging, but absolutely historically appropriate, they find most entertaining. Everyone loves the tunes. Like most of the opera buffa masterpieces, Pasquale has a plot that is almost impossible to follow, in any language. Twists, turns and trickery combine with laughter rolling right through to a happy ending. Pay attention! It’s worth the musical ride.


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