Don Pasquale


Glyndebourne - Don Pasquale



Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 November 2015 Download Calendar

The Lyric


Directed by Mariame Clément, this opulent period staging catches the sparkling essence of Donizetti’s tuneful tale of an old bachelor’s romantic delusions and the young lovers who outwit him.

Pasquale, a man no longer in the first flush of youth, hopes to marry and produce an heir, being dissatisfied with the current holder of that position, his nephew Ernesto, who has had the audacity to fall in love with Norina, an impoverished widow. The plot thickens, twists and turns as Pasquale’s supposed friend Dr Malatesta assists Ernesto and Norina in complex and increasingly vindictive deception.

Don Pasquale’s witty musical score combines graceful lyricism with rollicking comedy, all fuelled by the seductive rhythm of the waltz.

Free pre-performance talk in The Drum on Tuesday 24 November from 6.15pm to 6.45pm – booking via Box Office advisable.

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Pricing & Concessions

Full price:
Tue 7.15pm
A: £51, B: £46 (stalls) £38 (circle, restricted view of surtitles), C: £32, D: £28, E: £15 (RV)
Thu 2pm
A: £32, B: £30 (stalls) £25 (circle, restricted view of surtitles), C: £20, D: £18, E: £12 (RV)

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. RV = Restricted View

Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company
½ price tickets (A, B & C) (Tue 7.15pm)

Over 60s
£5 off A, B & C (Tue 7.15pm)

£4 off A, B & C (Tue 7.15pm)

Corporate Members:
£5 off A, B & C (Tue 7.15pm)

£4 off A, B & C (Tue 7.15pm)

People’s Company:
£3.50 off A, B & C (Tue 7.15pm)

Groups of 10+:
£2.50 off tickets

Groups of 20+:
£3.50 off tickets

Groups of 40+:
£4.50 off tickets

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets (Tue 7.15pm)
£6 tickets (Thu 2pm)

Book two operas at the same time and receive £4 off each ticket. A, B & C only.
Book three operas at the same time and receive £6 off each ticket. A, B & C only.

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric. Only one concession to be applied each ticket.


Don Pasquale


The elderly bachelor Don Pasquale, at his house in Rome, awaits his friend Dr Malatesta, who has arranged a marriage for him.
The bride, Malatesta tells him, is beautiful and innocent, and happens to be Malatesta’s sister.

Don Pasquale reminds his nephew Ernesto that he has offered to wed him to a wealthy lady on pain of disinheritance if he
refuses. Ernesto refuses again; he intends to marry the impoverished Norina.

At home, Norina scoffs at a romantic novel. Malatesta arrives and tells her of the scheme he has hatched to help her and
Ernesto marry. Norina will be introduced to Pasquale as Malatesta’s sister Sofronia, fresh from the convent. After they are
‘married’ by a false notary, Pasquale will be at their mercy.


Disowned by Pasquale, Ernesto feels he cannot ask Norina to share his poverty.

Malatesta arrives at Pasquale’s house with ‘Sofronia’, apparently shy and afraid of men. Pasquale proposes and she accepts.
Malatesta’s false notary draws up the contract, making Sofronia mistress of the house and owner of half of Pasquale’s goods.
The ceremony done, Sofronia instantly transforms into a domineering, spendthrift shrew and appoints Ernesto her escort.


Don Pasquale, his home completely revamped by Norina/Sofronia, examines the bills with horror. Norina enters, dressed up to
go to the theatre. Pasquale tries to stop her, but ‘Sofronia’ treats him harshly. As she leaves, she deliberately drops a piece of
paper. Pasquale discovers that it is a note from Sofronia’s lover arranging
a tryst in the garden that evening. Pasquale sends for Malatesta and shows him the note. They agree to confront the lovers in
the garden that night.

Later, in the garden, Ernesto serenades Norina, and they sing of their love. Pasquale and Malatesta spy on them and then
ambush them, but Ernesto escapes unrecognised. ‘Sofronia’ denies her guilt and refuses to leave, but Malatesta persuades her
that she cannot stay, as Norina is to arrive tomorrow as Ernesto’s bride. Pasquale is thus forced to accept Ernesto’s chosen wife
in order to get rid of his own. When the truth is finally revealed, Pasquale forgives the youngsters and all are reconciled.

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