Bella bel canto!
‘Don Pasquale’ staged in Sun
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
Like Shakespearean plays, operas
can move happily between eras and locations. The newest offering from
the Sun Valley Opera is The Utah Symphony & Opera production of Gaetano
Donizetti's comic opera "Don Pasquale."
Sung in English and re-located
from 19th century Rome to the 19th century Wild West,
performances are Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, at 7 p.m. in The
Community School Theater in Sun Valley.
The performers in "Don Pasquale"
are 2003-2004 Utah Symphony & Opera Ensemble Studio Artists. Selected
through national auditions, these young singers are in residence with
the Utah company. During their tenure with the company they appear in
supporting solo roles for mainstage productions as well as train in all
aspects of opera with the Utah Symphony & Opera. They are Donna Smith as
Norma, Steven Timoner as Don Pasquale, Daniel Cilli as Dr. Malatesta and
Jason Baldwin as Ernesto. Gregory Pearson plays the other roles.
First performed in Paris in 1843,
"Don Pasquale" concerns an aging miser who thinks he should be married.
Others in the cast include a supposedly innocent girl who dominates
everyone, a dopey nephew who only wants to play music and hang out with
his girlfriend, and a conniving but well-meaning doctor who twists
everyone's plans into knots only to be heroic as he straightens them all
The director is Robert Herriot,
who staged "Don Pasquale" for the Calgary Opera last year, as well as
for the Opera York in Toronto.
Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini and
Gioacchino Rossini were the three great masters of the opera style known
as bel canto. These works demanded great virtuosity from the
singers and served as bravura showcases for leading operatic performers.
Donizetti dominated the Italian opera scene during the years between
Bellini's death and Guiseppe Verdi's rise to fame.
Tickets are available now at
Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum or through the concert line at