Don Pasquale


This rollicking bel canto comedy is a celebration of girl power! The buffoonish Don Pasquale is determined to marry the much younger Norina. However, with her wit and the help of a few friends, she manages to both teach Pasquale a lesson and find true love. Full of dazzling tunes and hilarious hijinks, Donizetti’s masterpiece promises to delight.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

“As a director, my heart lies in modern investigations of established pieces. I’m a huge proponent of the need to return to our classic works with a modern lens. I believe that this work is vital and offers audiences the opportunity to be challenged and stretched inside of a framework where they feel safe. Donizetti’s Don Pasquale provides the perfect opportunity to do such work, and I’m so thrilled to be exploring this piece this summer at the Lakes Area Music Festival.” —Chloe Treat, Director

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Cast + Creative Team

Wayne Tigges
Don Pasquale
Vanessa Becerra
Thomas Cilluffo
John Taylor Ward
Dr. Malatesta
Christian Reif
Chloe Treat
Ian Silverman
Stage Director
Jennifer Fok
Lighting Designer
Beth Goldenberg
Costume Design
James Rotondo
Set Designer
Stefano Flavoni
Assistant Conductor
Bretton Brown
Répétiteur & Vocal Coach


Chorus Master: Celeste Johnson

Chorus: Robert Banks, Logan Barat, Mark Billy, Thore Dosdall, Kristina Dudley, Beth Gusenius, Grady Klein, Gary Kubert, Michelle Liebl, Alexis Reed, Valerie Rogotzke, Phill Takemura Sears, Meagan Seubert, Jacob Sorrells

This weekends performances are sponsored in part by Ameriprise Financial, Twin Cities Opera Guild, Victual, and Widseth.

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