Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Nov. 13, 2010)
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti
Levine; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Del Carlo
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Donizetti’s timeless comedy shines in Otto Schenk’s enchanting production, conducted by James Levine and featuring a remarkable cast. The incomparable Anna Netrebko is Norina, the young widow beloved by Ernesto (a suave Matthew Polenzani), who is about to be disinherited by his miserly uncle, Don Pasquale (John Del Carlo). It takes the clever scheming of Dr. Malatesta (Mariusz Kwiecien) to set things right and to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson—fits of temper, mistaken identities, and all kinds of comic confusion included.