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Vediamo alla modista

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Don Pasquale


Gaetano Donizetti




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Don Pasquale





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Salvatore Baccaloni, with Frances Schemeti: "Vediamo, alla modista cento scudi..." Don Pasquale.

Singer: Salvatore Baccaloni

Donizetti's Don Pasquale is still performed, always to applause and laughs. Pasquale is a classic commedia dell'arte play, and its theme is eternal. The characters are straight out of the plays and puppet shows that were popular in Europe for nearly 400 years: Pasquale (Pantalone), Ernesto (Pierrot), Malatesta, (the conniving notary Scapino) and of course Norina, the clever and scheming Columbina, always managing to escape the clutches of the old man she is being forced to marry, when she really, and naturally, loves a boy of her own age. The presentations can vary from comedy (the norm) to bittersweet heartbreak (not infrequently) to horrific tragedy (rare...I Pagliacci being a notable example). These stock characters have enormous staying power. I remember as a child, back around 1944, seeing my first Punch and Judy show, and I remember to this day the boy lover puppet, guitar in hand, singing "she is very, very beautiful, with all the words sung back and forth on intervals of the second. Absolutely classic, and I remember it nearly 70 years later. Salvatore Baccaloni was a classic Pantalone—Pasquale in this incarnation—and, additionally, one who could sing. Baccaloni always fell between two stools: a buffo and a singing bass. He is remembered as a buffo, because of his enormous size and outlandish costumes, but in fact, given the chance, he could sing very well. Here, having been falsely married to Norina by the scheming notary, Pasquale is going over the stack of bills she has accumulated in the first days of her "marriage." (Unconsummated, of course...she is too busy shopping!) Her plan is to portray a dreadful shrew from whom he will soon want to be disassociated. It works, of course, and she ends up with Pierrot; Ernesto in this show. It all ends happily, even for old Pasquale, who learns an eternal truth the hard way—an old man should never marry a young woman!

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esimado le note
Vediamo: alla modista
cento scudi, Obbligato!
Al carrozziere
seicento. Poca roba!
Novecento cinquanta al gioielliere.
Per cavalli..,
getta le note con stizza e si alza
Al demonio i cavalli,
i mercanti e il matrimonio!
Per poco che la duri in questo modo,
mio caro Don Pasquale,
a rivederci presto all'ospedale!
Che cosa vorrà dir questa grangala!
Uscir sola a quest'ora,
nel primo dì di nozze?
Debbo oppormi a ogni costo ed impedirlo.
Ma... si fa presto a dirlo:
Colei ha certi occhiacci,
certo far da sultana!...
Ad ogni modo vo' provarmi.
Se poi fallisce il tentativo...
Eccola: a noi.

English Libretto or Translation:

the notes are exaggerated
Let's see: the modist
hundred scudi, Forced!
To the coachbuilder
six hundred. Few things!
Twentieth century to the jeweler.
For horses ..,
throws the notes with irritation and gets up
At the devil the horses,
the merchants and the wedding!
For a little while you last it this way,
my dear Don Pasquale,
see you soon at the hospital!
What this grangala will want to say!
Come out alone at this time,
in the first wedding day?
I must oppose it at all costs and prevent it.
But ... it's easy to say:
She has some eyes,
certainly act as sultana! ...
Anyway, I want to try.
If then the attempt fails ...
Here it is: to us.

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