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Aspetta aspetta cara sposina

Opera details:

Opera title:

Don Pasquale


Gaetano Donizetti




Don Pasquale Synopsis


Don Pasquale Libretto


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Duet details:




Don Pasquale / Dr Malatesta


Bass / Baritone



Previous scene: Cheti cheti immantinente
Next scene: Com'e gentil

Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale Pt11 Act 3 Scipio Colombo Lina Aymaro Melchiore Luise Juan Oncina

Singer(s): Scipio Colombo Juan Oncina


Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale Pt11 Scipio Colombo Lina Aymaro Melchiore Luise Juan Oncina

Argeo Quadri

Pt's 10,11,12,13,14 Act 3

Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale Part 10 Act3
Don Pasquale--Melchiore Luise
Doctor Malatesta--Scipio Colombo
Ernesto--Juan Oncina
Norina--Lina Aymaro
A Notary--Josef Schmiedinger
Vienna State Opera/.

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Don Pasquale, opera: Act 3. Scene 1.
I diamanti, presto, presto
Vediamo: alla modista cento scudi
Signorina, in tanta fretta, dove va
È finita, Don Pasquale
Via, caro sposino
Qualche nota di cuffie
Che interminabile andirivieni!
Siamo intesi... Sta bene
Cheti cheti immantinente
Aspetta, aspetta, cara sposina

Don Pasquale, opera: Act 3. Scene 2.
Com'è gentil - la notte a mezzo april!
Tornami a dir che m'ami
Eccoli: attenti ben...
Eccomi... A voi accorda Don Pasquale
Bravo, bravo, Don Pasquale!

Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The librettist Giovanni Ruffini wrote the Italian libretto after Angelo Anelli's libretto for Stefano Pavesi's Ser Marcantonio (1810).
At the time of its composition, Donizetti had just been appointed music director and composer for the imperial court of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, and Don Pasquale was the 64th of an eventual 66 operas he composed.
The opera, in the tradition of opera buffa, harks back to the stock characters of the commedia dell'arte. Pasquale is recognizable as the blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina. The false Notary echos a long line of false officials as operatic devices.

Place: Rome
All the events of the opera take place in a single day. The young man Ernesto is in love with the lovely but penniless Norina and has refused to marry a "more suitable" woman chosen for him by his rich uncle Don Pasquale. The old man accordingly plans to wed and produce his own heirs, cutting Ernesto off from his inheritance. Pasquale's physician, Dr. Malatesta, suggests his sister, Sofronia, a convent girl, as the bride, all the while scheming to dupe the old man into allowing Ernesto's marriage to Norina. The Don happily accepts the proposal. Malatesta has Norina disguise herself as Sofronia and sign a fake marriage contract before a false notary. At this point Norina transforms from the shy convent girl into a complete shrew, turning Pasquale's life upside down, hiring hordes of new servants and spending money left and right. She makes life so miserable for the old man that he is actually relieved when he discovers that he has been duped, and that he has not really married Norina. He repudiates his desire for marriage and consents to the union of his nephew with Norina.

Act 3
Chorus: Bring the jewels at once; Duet between Pasquale and Norina: Dear wife, may I ask; Duet between Pasquale and the doctor: Softly in the dark. Change of scene: Ernestos serenade: As Luna laughs in the fragrant night; Duet between Ernesto and Norina Do I read in your looks ? Finale: Heaven, what do you say? This is Norina.

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Bravo, bravo, va benone,
son contento, bravo, bravo.
(Aspetta, aspetta, cara sposina:
la mia vendetta già s'avvicina,
già, già ti preme,
già t'ha raggiunto,
tutte in un punto
l'hai da scontar.
Vedrai se giovino
raggiri e cabale,
sorrisi teneri,sospiri e lagrime:
or voglio prendere
la mia rivincita;
sei nella trappola
v'hai da restar.)

(Il poverino sogna vendetta,
non sa il meschino quel che l'aspetta:
invano freme, invan s'arrabbia,
è chiuso in gabbia,
non può scappar.
Invano accumula progetti e calcoli,
non sa che fabbrica
castelli in aria;
non vede, il semplice,
che nella trappola
da sè medesimo
si va a gettar.)
escono insieme

English Libretto or Translation:

Bravo, good, it's fine,
I'm happy, good, good.
(Wait, wait, dear bride:
my vengeance is already approaching,
already, already I press you,
already has reached you,
all in one point
you have to clash.You
see if you are good trick
and cabal,
tender smiles, sighs and tears: now
I want to take
my revenge,
you're in the trap you
have to stay.)

(The poor man dreams of revenge,
he does not know the petty what awaits him: in
vain he quivers, invan s'arrabbia,
is closed in a cage,
not it can scappar.
In vain he accumulates projects and calculations,
he does not know that he builds
castles in the air;
he does not see, the simple,
who goes into the trap
come out together

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