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INTERPRETATION

CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF CAST

THE ZOMEROPERA ORCHESTRA

Zomeropera 2017: Don Pasquale

DON PASQUALE

Gaetano DONIZETTI

Opera buffa in 3 acts

Libretto Giovanni Ruffini, following 'Ser Marcantonio' van Angelo Anelli

World première: Théatre Italien in Paris on January 3rd, 1843.

Zomeropera celebrates its 20th anniversary with comic opera!

Don Pasquale, a wealthy and elderly bachelor, owner of a prestigious winecastle, has decided to marry in order to teach his rebellious heir and nephew Ernesto a lesson. He thinks marrying is the only way to disinherit him and thwart his intentions to marry Norina.

His friend (and schemer) Doctor Malatesta is aware, however, that Ernesto and Norina intend to marry and wants to help them with a cunning stratagem of name changes and transformations.

The outcome is a highly amusing musical comedy of doors, with Don Pasquale ultimately losing out.

Director Franck Van Laecke, who already has several major successes under his belt and conductors Giuliano Betta and Paolo Spadaro have combined to create an outstanding performance which you can't afford to miss!

Treat yourself to an entertaining opera night and order your tickets now!

Libretto in Italian, surtitles in Dutch.

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DATES OF THE PERFORMANCES

START OF THE PERFORMANCE : 8.30 p.m.


SATURDAY MAY 20  (sponsor guests and public audience)

SUNDAY MAY 21  (exclusive for opening night guests)

WEDNESDAY MAY 24   (exclusive for Cera shareholders)

THURSDAY MAY 25   (exclusive for Cera shareholders)

FRIDAY MAY 26 (public audience)

SATURDAY MAY 27  (public audience)

SUNDAY MAY 28 (exclusive for Cera shareholders)

TUESDAY MAY 30  (sponsor guests and public audience)

WEDNESDAY MAY 31  (sponsor guests and public audience)


THURSDAY JUNE 1  (sponsor guests and public audience)

FRIDAY JUNE 2  (sponsor guests )

SATURDAY JUNE 3 (sponsor guests )

SUNDAY JUNE  4 (exclusive for Cera shareholders)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 7 (sponsor guests and public audience)

THURSDAY JUNE 8 (sponsor guests and public audience)

FRIDAY JUNE 9 (sponsor guests and public audience)

SATURDAY JUNE 10 (sponsor guests and public audience)

SUNDAY JUNE 11 (sponsor guests and public audience)

TUESDAY JUNE 13 (exclusive for Cera shareholders)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 14 (public audience)

THURSDAY JUNE 15 (public audience)

FRIDAY JUNE 16 (public audience)

SATURDAY JUNE  17 (public audience)

START TICKETS FOR PUBLIC AUDIENCE MARCH 1, 2017

Price per ticket : € 55,00/ € 45,00/ € 35,00/ € 25,00 plus €2,00 administration cost per order and € 2,00 shippingcost per order in case tickets are to be sent by post.

Included in the ticketprice: 1 glass of Prosecco (or other drink) AFTER the performance upon handing over your entrance ticket.

Make your reservation online! The fastest way to choose your seats. A confirmation per email follows your reservation with the payment details follows immediately. Payments can only be done by bank transfer on following account BE65 7370 1050 0796 BICC KREDBEBB of Alden Biesen Zomeropera vzw, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen. The tickets are mailed upon receipt of payment.

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CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

Conductors

Stage director/setconcept/light design

Choreography

Set design

Costume design

Props

Giuliano Betta/ Paolo Spadaro

Frank Van Laecke

Véronique Lenaers

Philippe Miesch

Hanne Geerts

Ingrid De Schrijver

CAST

 Don Pasquale

 Norina

Ernesto

Dr. Malatesta

Notary

Servant

Servant

Piet Vansichen/ Emilio Marcucci

Cecilia Violetta López/ Hanne Roos

Daniel Curran/ Mark Milhofer

Matjaž Robavs/ Koen van Agtmael

Koen Crucke

Fabrice Pillet

Dirk Van Vaerenbergh

ZOMEROPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR


SYNOPSIS

Synopsis

Act I

During this first act, we are introduced to the four protagonists of this comedic opera: Don Pasquale, who decides to marry; Ernesto, his nephew, who sees his own plans to marry Norina thwarted; and the two conspirators, Norina and Dr Malatesta.

Norina takes on a second identity as Sofronia, Dr Malatesta’s so-called sister and Don Pasquale’s bride-to-be. However, she forgets to fill in her own fiancé, Ernesto, about the deceptions she and Dr Malatesta have devised…

Act II

Don Pasquale meets Sofronia and calls for the notary to immediately make their marriage official, whereby Don Pasquale will leave half of his estate to his bride. Ernesto still has no idea of the devious plans and threatens to ruin everything. Don Pasquale starts to grow doubtful when he discovers that he is married to a dissatisfied woman who is also driving him crazy with jealousy.

Act III

The wildly thickening plot approaches its climax. Sofronia quickly squanders the miserly Don Pasquale’s fortune and she’s also running out of room in the castle to put all the things she’s bought. Don Pasquale suspects that there is a secret lover and he and Dr Malatesta disguise themselves to catch the adulterous couple red-handed. He ultimately discovers that Sofronia and Ernesto’s fiancée, Norina, are one and the same. Perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea for this old-timer to try to marry such a wild young rose…

INTERPRETATION

The original story takes place in Seville, 1820. The sensual gypsy Carmen seduces every man and makes a game of love, in which she wants to make the rules. And she does, until she provokes Don José’s jealousy and obsession to possess her to such an extent that she pays for it with her life.

At its premiere on 3 March 1875 in the Opéra-Comique in Paris, the opera was considered too risqué for the families viewing it, who were more used to shows with a happy ending. Carmen was too exotic, too sensual, too realistic and too violent for their liking. Bizet was forced to make several changes, but died at the age of 37 in November of the same year. He would never know that Carmen would go on to become one of the world’s most famous operas:after successful shows in Vienna, Antwerp, Brussels, Budapest, Saint-Petersburg, Stockholm, London, Dublin and New York, the performances in Paris eight years after the premiere were also big hits.To date, it remains one of the most frequently performed operas.

Successful producer Frank Van Laecke is able to masterfully communicate the essence of an opera like no other can. And he does it in a manner that will excite both the layman and the connoisseur. He separates it from the constraints of time and place, allowing the score, libretto, scenography and action to meld together to such an extent that every member of the audience becomes a player in the plot.This was already the case for the previous Zomeropera productions of Don Pasquale, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tosca and Manon Lescaut, which he also produced for us.

But don’t expect the Zomeropera’s Carmen to be a calm, touristy walk through Seville. What you can expect, however, is a performance that pulls you to the edge of your seat using Bizet’s beautiful music while you descend into an underworld where human trafficking and prostitution set the tone. A world in which Carmen, just like in the original story, pays for her desire for freedom with her life.


SCHEDULE OF CAST

Subject to unforeseen absences

Date

Norina

Ernesto

Dr. Malatesta

Dirigent

20/5

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

21/5

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

24/5

H. ROOS

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

25/5

C. LOPEZ

D. CURRAN

M. ROBAVS

26/5

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

K. van AGTMAEL

27/5

C. LOPEZ

D. CURRAN

M. ROBAVS

28/5

H. ROOS

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

30/5

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

31/5

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

K. van AGTMAEL

01/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

02/6

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

K. van AGTMAEL

03/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

04/6

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

M. ROBAVS

07/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

08/6

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

K. van AGTMAEL

09/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

10/6

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

K. van AGTMAEL

11/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS

13/6

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

M. ROBAVS

14/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

K. van AGTMAEL

15/6

H. ROOS

D. CURRAN

M. ROBAVS

16/6

C. LOPEZ

D. CURRAN

M. ROBAVS

17/6

C. LOPEZ

M. MILHOFER

M. ROBAVS



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