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Donizetti's Comic Opera Don Pasquale Comes to the Clark Live from the Met

For Immediate Release

November 03, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn as the tyrannical vixen Norina in this sophisticated bel canto comedy conducted by James Levine. Wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

When the aging Don Pasquale’s nephew Ernesto refuses to marry a suitable bride because he is in love with the fiery Norina, the don decides to disinherit him by getting married himself. The young couple comes up with a clever scheme and introduces Norina to the don as Doctor Malatesta’s nunnish sister “Sofronia.” She seduces the don and marries him in a fake wedding ceremony; as soon as they’re married, “Sofronia” transforms into a shrew and her wild antics drive the don so crazy that he is desperate to be free of her—even if it means allowing her to marry Ernesto after all. The bass-baritone John Del Carlo leads the cast in the opera’s title role; featured performers include Anna Netrebko as Norina, Matthew Polenzani as Ernesto, and Mariusz Kwiecien as Doctor Malatesta.

Directed by Otto Schenk and conducted by James Levine, Don Pasquale premiered at the Met on October 29 to rave reviews. Anna Netrebko “offered a vivid portrait of Norina, her fluid voice lustrous as she navigated the bel canto hurdles in a performance that was both physically energetic and vocally rich. She oozed seductive charm,” said The New York Times. “James Levine conducted a lithe and buoyant reading that beautifully complemented the vocal and theatrical talents of this winning cast.”

The Met: Live in HD series continues with Don Carlo (December 11), La Fanciulla del West (January 8), Nixon in China (February 12), Iphigénie en Tauride (February 26), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 19), Le Comte Ory (April 9), Capriccio (April 23), Il Trovatore (April 30), and Die Walküre (May 14).

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The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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November 13: Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn as the tyrannical vixen Norina in this sophisticated bel canto comedy conducted by James Levine. Wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu

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