Gaetano Donizetti


Hilarious interpretation of Donizetti’s late comic masterpiece  Sunday Business Post 

The Irish stock market is reeling following a shock announcement from Don Pasquale, chair of PASQUAL€ BANK™ that he is disinheriting Ernesto, his rebellious heir apparent, due to alleged involvement with glamorous young widow Norina.Once touted as “the bank you can trust”; where a modest investment guarantees a massive return, PB™ is now squirming under the spotlight.

Speculation is rife and rumours abound -  is PASQUAL€ BANK ™ on the verge of collapse? Will the scheming Doctor Malatesta manipulate the situation to his advantage? Who exactly is the mysterious new player? And what kind of merger is the foolish old banker planning? Can Ernesto regain his inheritance and wrest control of PB™ from Don Pasquale?

Immerse yourself in Donizetti’s farcical world and enjoy glorious arias and delightful melodies performed by Opera Theatre Company’s chamber ensemble. Brimming with lyricism and high comedy this vivacious opera has something for everyone, with themes that still resonate today.

Tour Details

Feb 17, 18 & 19, 2011 Dublin Beckett Theatre
Feb 22, 2011 Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre
Feb 24, 2011 Down Down Arts Centre
Feb 26, 2011 Tallaght Civic Theatre
Mar 1, 2011 Waterford Theatre Royal
Mar 4, 2011 Sligo Hawk's Well Theatre
Mar 5, 2011 Navan Solstice Arts Centre
Mar 8, 2011 Limerick UCH
Mar 10, 2011 Tralee Siamsa Tire
Mar 12, 2011 Carlow GB Shaw Theatre

"Director Annilese Miskimmom treats Donizetti’s farce as a parable about contemporary greed, and the production retains the original’s frothy ebullience. The soprano Claudia Boyle hits all the right notes, while the company’s chamber ensemble is on sparkling form "
The Sunday Times
"Annilese Miskimmon’s production mixes original, creative ideas with occasionally rather blunt symbolism The star of this production is Claudia Boyle who has developed into an impressive and versatile singer. She exudes confidence at every turn and negotiates her coloraturas with aplomb Roy Laughlin’s nine-piece chamber ensemble provided an energetic and reliable background for the singers, staying fresh and sharp until the end "
Irish Theatre Magazine
"Artistic directior Annilese Miskimmon–a daring innovator whose talents seem to flourish under budgetary restraints. It’s a howl "
The Sunday Business Post
"Claudia Boyle’s Norina is a vivacious presence… (Boyle) sings with a stylish vivacity to boot, delivers bravura passages with, well, bravura, climaxes with some thrilling high notes, and does it all with musical style and panache. "
Irish Times

Production Information

Director Annilese Miskimmon
Design Aedín Cosgrove
Norina / Sofrinia Claudia Boyle
Don Pasquale Martin Higgins
Ernesto Fredrik Akselberg
Dr Malatesta Andrew Ashwin
Fake Notary Nathan Morrison

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