Welsh National Opera serves up a tasty new production of Don(er) Pasquale
Taking opera into the 21st Century, this is Don Pasquale like you’ve never seen or heard before! Chili sauce anyone?
The exploits of a contemporary Don Pasquale take to Torch Theatre stage on Thursday 6 June in the Welsh National Opera’s riotous new staging of the classic comic opera. Set in and around Pasquale’s doner kebab van, it’s the story of an old bachelor’s romantic delusions and the young lovers who outwit him.
Director Daisy Evans, musical director Stephen Higgins and designer Loren Elstein have ripped up the rule book and changed the design, narrative and libretto to bring Donizetti’s opera bang up to date for a completely new audience as well as those who may already know and love the work. Elstein has created a witty set which transports you to downtown Cardiff and positions the piece very firmly in the present day.
Director and librettist Daisy Evans says “This Don Pasquale is fresh, contemporary and unique. It has been reimagined for a modern audience, and sees current issues driving this classic comedy. Pasquale is proud of his kebab van and the years of service he has provided to late night revellers in Cardiff, but he's grown mean-minded and scared of modernisation. His nephew Ernesto and his girlfriend Norina stand for the future - calling for less plastic use, eco-conscious dining and stripped back design. The two sides are pitted against each other in a comedy that is bound to have you laughing as well as thinking”
Don Pasquale features a small cast and an on-stage orchestra creating an intimate, operatic experience where the audience is on the very edge of the action, giving a new perspective on this Donizetti classic which is suitable for all ages.
The uproarious new story is Don Pasquale like you’ve never seen or heard before. Experience a fresh, modern and funny take on this Donizetti classic suitable for all ages at the Torch Theatre on Thursday 6 June at 7.30pm. You don’t doner miss this! Tickets are available from the Torch Theatre’s Box Office on 01646 695267 or https://torchtheatre.co.uk/wno-don-pasquale-donizetti/