|Don Pasquale Synopsis|
|Don Pasquale Libretto|
|Ernesto / Don Pasquale / Dr Malatesta / Norina|
|Tenor / Bass / Baritone / Soprano|
|Previous scene:||Fra da una parte eccetera|
|Next scene:||Siete marito e moglie|
Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale Pt8 Melchiore Luise Lina Aymaro Act3 Conclus. "Fra da una parte
Don Pasquale Part 9 Act2 Conclusion
Don Pasquale--Melchiore Luise
Doctor Malatesta--Scipio Colombo
A Notary--Josef Schmiedinger
Vienna State Opera/Argeo Quadri.
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Don Pasquale, opera: Act 2 Conclusion. Parts 8 & 9.
Fra da una parte et cetera
Indietro, indietro, mascalzoni
Pria di partir, signore
Questo contratto, adunque
È rimasto là impietrato
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.
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.
Ernesto alone; then Pasquale, Norina, doctor. (Terzett: Take courage; Finale: On one side, etc.)
a Don Pasquale, con vivacità
Pria di partir, signore,
vengo per dirvi addio,
e come un malfattore
mi vien conteso entrar!
to Don Pasquale, with vivacity
Pria di partir, sir,
I come to say goodbye,
and like an evildoer
I am content to enter!