Don Pasquale

Donizetti - Spring 2010

Conductor 
Dominic Wheeler
Assist. Conductor 
Timothy Carey
Director 
William Oldroyd
Designer 
Agnes Treplin
Lighting Designer 
Matthew Haskins

This is a comedy with zest, cream, and an Italian accent – think zabaglione! – in a new production directed by William Oldroyd with Dominic Wheeler conducting.

Keel Watson plays Don Pasquale, a stubborn, competitive, old batchelor – and here a tyrannic orchestra conductor – who wants to procure a young wife. He seems set to steal from his nephew a beautiful, and apparently submissive bride – but his clumsy wooing turns to painful woe when she reveals her own mind.

Video preview: Thanks to Chandos Records for use of their Don Pasquale recording.

(Running time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval between Acts II and III)

Showing At

  1. Sadler's Wells, London
    8th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    22nd Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  5. Lighthouse, Poole
    26th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    29th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    6th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. Norwich Theatre Royal
    12th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    15th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    23rd Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    26th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  13. The Hawth, Crawley
    1st May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    6th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  15. Warwick Arts Centre
    11th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    14th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  17. Gala Theatre, Durham
    17th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  18. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    20th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  1. Sadler's Wells, London — 8th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 16th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 19th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 22nd Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  5. Lighthouse, Poole — 26th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 29th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 6th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 9th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  9. Norwich Theatre Royal — 12th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

  10. Buxton Opera House — 15th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  11. Grand Opera House, Belfast — 23rd Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 26th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  13. The Hawth, Crawley — 1st May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 6th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  15. Warwick Arts Centre — 11th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  16. Warwick Arts Centre — 14th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  17. Gala Theatre, Durham — 17th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  18. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall — 20th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 25th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 28th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

Dominic Wheeler

Dominic Wheeler

Conductor

Born in Dorset, Dominic studied at Clare College (Cambridge), the RCM and the Liszt-Akademie (Budapest). Dominic has conducted at ENO (notably The Barber of Seville, Siegfried, Rhinegold), Opera North (Don Giovanni), Scottish Opera (Alceste), Opera New Zealand (Manon), Opera Holland Park (Tosca), ROH at the Linbury (Gentle Giant), Chelsea Opera Group (I puritani, Lucrezia Borgia, Cendrillon), Dorset Opera (Nabucco), Independent Opera (Pelléas et Mélisande), RAM (Paradise Moscow, A Night at the Chinese Opera) and GSMD (L’augelino belverde). He has also conducted the London Mozart Players, the City of London Sinfonia, Orquestra do Algarve, the Northern Sinfonia, the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers. He will conduct Messiah for the Opéra de Bordeaux. Previously for ETO, Dominic has conducted The Pearl Fishers, The Marriage of Figaro, Fidelio and Macbeth.

Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

Assist. Conductor

Recent theatre performances include appearances at The London Coliseum in the presence of HRH Prince Andrew, The Hong Kong Arts Festival and a return visit to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.

A devoted advocate of new music, he has collaborated with The Opera Group, Opera W11 and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on new operas by Edward Rushton, Julian Philips, Stuart Hancock, and Jonathan Dove.

Recent opera engagements have included assisting on The Queen of Spades (Opera North) and Salome (Singapore Lyric Opera).

Previously for ETO, he has conducted The Marriage of Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Don Pasquale, Fantastic Mr Fox also assisting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Born in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello with Casals-pupil, Christopher Bunting in addition to the piano from a young age. He went on to study conducting with Prof. Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

William Oldroyd

William Oldroyd

Director

William studied at Durham University and went on to RADA where he took his MA in Directing and Dramaturgy. He has directed Ghosts (The Young Vic); Kean (Hori Pro and Thelma Holt, Tokyo); Scenes from An Execution (Hackney Empire); Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC). In 2010 William will direct Don Pasquale for ETO.

Agnes Treplin

Agnes Treplin

Designer

Matthew Haskins

Matthew Haskins

Lighting Designer

Matthew studied Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College. Opera credits include La Cenerentola (Malmö Opera); Pelléas et Mélisande, The Sofa, The Departure (Independent Opera); L’assedio di Calais, La cambiale di matrimonio, La Colombe, L’occasione fa il ladro (GSMD); La fedeltà premiata (RAM); Partenope, Les nuits d‘été (Les Azuriales Festival); A House on the Moon, Orfeo, Tolomeo (ETO); Tobias and the Angel (The Young Vic/ ETO); Le nozze di Figaro (RCM). Theatre credits include Glass Mountain (Trestle Theatre); Blowing Whistles, Hit Me! (Leicester Square Theatre); Mud (Gate Theatre); The Pool (Arts Theatre London); Lovely and Misfit (Trafalgar Studios). Site Specific projects include Dido Queen of Carthage (Kensington Palace); Sea Tongue (The Shout/ De La Warr Pavilion); Encounters (Greenwich & Docklands Festival).

Cast

Nicholas Sharratt

Nicholas Sharratt

SPRING 2014 – THE MAGIC FLUTE
The role of Tamino will be sung by Mr Nicholas Sharratt for the following performances: London (8 March), Poole (13 March), Wolverhampton (17 March), Cheltenham (4 April), Leicester (7 April), York (15 April), Crawley (5 May), Warwick (9 May), Exeter (15 May), Durham (19 May), and Cambridge (30 May).

Born in Nottingham, Nicholas studied Commerce at Birmingham University, and singing at the RNCM and the NOS as a Peter Moores Foundation scholar. He has been a guest artist for Glyndebourne, SO, ON, Grange Park, Garsington, Early Opera Company; and worked with Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McGegan and David Parry. In concert, he has sung Parry Jones A Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms (LSO/Sir Andrew Davis); Tirsi La Danza at Wigmore Hall (Christian Curnyn); Messiah at Cadogan Hall; Camille The Merry Widow at the RFH (Philharmonia/John Wilson). For ETO: Ernesto Don Pasquale, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Almaviva The Barber of Seville.

Keel Watson

Keel Watson

Don Pasquale

Born London
Training Trinity College of Music
Awards 1998 American Express Prize for Outstanding Performance
Opera Caronte L’Orfeo (ENO), Papageno The Magic Flute (Mid-Wales Opera), The Elder The Country of the Blind (Aldeburgh Festival/ENO Contemporary Opera Studio), Bosun Billy Budd (ROH), Tonio I Pagliacci (Opera Holland Park)
Concerts Bernstein Whitehouse Cantata (London Symphony Orchestra), Orff Carmina Burana (RFH), Puccini Tosca (St John’s, Smith Square).
Recordings Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen (BBC cartoon, cond. Nagano), Bernstein Whitehouse Cantata (Deutsche Grammaphone), guest soloist Friday Night is Music Night (BBC Radio 2)
Future Abbot Curlew River (BOC/BBC Proms 2004), Leporello Don Giovanni (Garden Opera)

Mary O'Sullivan

Mary O'Sullivan

Norina

Mary was born in Dublin and trained at the DIT Conservatoire of Music, Royal Irish Academy of Music, RNCM, and completed her studies at The International Opera Studio, Zürich Opera House. Operatic roles include Elvira/L’italiana in Algeri, Nanetta/Falstaff, Valencienne/Merry Widow, several roles in Five:15, and cover Blonde/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Scottish Opera); Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro and Berta/The Barber of Seville (OTC); Nedda/Pagliacci (Wexford Festival Opera); Papagena/Die Zauberflöte and Sylvain/Die Lüstige Witwe for DVD (Zürich Opernhaus), Queen of the Night, Die Zauberflöte, (Sarganz, Switzerland and Diva Opera) and Donna Fulvia/La Pietra del Paragone (Stanley Hall Opera). Previously for ETO, Mary has sung Pepi, Der Wiener Blut and covered the role of Blonde/Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Owen Gilhooly

Owen Gilhooly

Malatesta

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Owen trained at RCM and NOS. His awards include the Madeleine Finden Memorial Prize and the Great Elm Vocal Award. In 2007 he represented Ireland at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Operatic roles include Louis XVI/The Ghosts of Versailles and Tooley/The Mines of Sulphur (WFO); Don Chisciotte/Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena (Musikwerkstatt Wien); Dr Falke/Die Fledermaus (Scottish Opera on Tour and ETO); Valentin/Faust (Opera Ireland); Father/Hansel and Gretel, Dandini/La Cenerentola, Marcello/La Boheme, Figaro/The Barber of Seville (OTC); Eckbert/Blond Eckbert (The Opera Group). Recent concert engagements include Janáček Osud, Sullivan HMS Pinafore (BBC Symphony Orchestra/BBC Proms); Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra); Fauré Requiem (ROH); Orff Carmina Burana (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); Margot la Rouge, L’enfance du Christ, The Vanishing Bridegroom (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Radio 3).

Showing At

  1. Sadler's Wells, London
    8th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  2. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  3. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    19th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  4. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    22nd Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  5. Lighthouse, Poole
    26th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  6. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    29th Mar 2010 - 7:30 pm
  7. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    6th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  8. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    9th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  9. Norwich Theatre Royal
    12th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  10. Buxton Opera House
    15th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  11. Grand Opera House, Belfast
    23rd Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  12. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    26th Apr 2010 - 7:30 pm
  13. The Hawth, Crawley
    1st May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  14. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    6th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  15. Warwick Arts Centre
    11th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  16. Warwick Arts Centre
    14th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  17. Gala Theatre, Durham
    17th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  18. Perth Festival, Perth Concert Hall
    20th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  19. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    25th May 2010 - 7:30 pm
  20. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    28th May 2010 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Don Pasquale at the Hackney Empire doesn't appear to be showing any more. Is that because it has been withdrawn?

    Said june jackson at 16:31pm on 26th Oct 2009

  2. Yes - shows previously scheduled for Hackney Empire will be taking place in Sadlers Wells instead.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 17:13pm on 27th Oct 2009

  3. Is Don Pasquale sung in English or Italian?

    Said Norman Sharpe at 11:31am on 18th Jan 2010

  4. All three operas this season will be sung in English.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 12:00pm on 18th Jan 2010

  5. very enjoyable and some wonderful singing, but more than usually difficult to understand in english because of the many duets and trios. Did noone think that surtitles would be a good idea??

    Said ALAN DEE at 11:21am on 9th Mar 2010

  6. Thanks for the feedback - captioning is always a tricky issue. On the one hand people need to be able to follow the plot, but on the other hand, some people find them distracting - it never seems possible to please everyone! We didn't caption Don Pasquale because we felt there would be enough repetition to follow the story, and so captioning Figaro would be more of a priority. I hope that helps explain our decision.

    Said Thalia (ETO) at 12:32pm on 22nd Mar 2010

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