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San Diego Opera Presents 'Don Pasquale'

The doddering old fool Pasquale is tricked into thinking he has married the sweet, demure and innocent convent-raised Sofronia. But she’s really Norina, in love with Pasquale’s nephew whom he is trying to disinherit. Once “married,” she becomes a gun-toting shrew who shows Pasquale that he was definitely better off without a wife. It’s San Diego Opera’s cheeky look at "Don Pasquale" in the Wild West, complete with a hero who enjoys a bubbly bath surrounded by beautiful bar girls, a Mariachi band and an old fool who wants to marry a much younger woman. John Del Carlo as Pasquale is dominated by the beautiful and sexy Norina of Danielle de Niese, with handsome Charles Castronovo as Ernesto and Jeff Mattsey as the scheming Doctor. The joyful music of Donizetti bubbles and laughs under the baton of Marco Guidarini, and stage director David Gately saddles up his San Diego Opera production that will make you laugh your spurs off!

Ernesto enjoys a bubbly bath surrounded by beautiful bar girls in "Don Pasquale."

Ernesto enjoys a bubbly bath surrounded by beautiful bar girls in "Don Pasquale."

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John Del Carlo as Pasquale.

John Del Carlo as Pasquale.

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Danielle de Niese as Norina in "Don Pasquale."

Danielle de Niese as Norina in "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast of "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast of "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Performance photo of the cast from "Don Pasquale."

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Opera

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