Gaetano Donizetti’s effervescent comedy, Don Pasquale, will serve as Opera Las Vegas’ Main Stage classic production, with performances scheduled on 11 June 2021 at 7:00 pm, and 12 June 2021 at 7:00 pm at The Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S, Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
Three OLV favorite singers will be returning to star in this well-loved comic opera. Anchoring the show in the title role, bass-baritone Adelmo Guidarelli will be back with all his charisma, buffoonery and assured singing sure to be in great evidence. Guidarelli is well remembered for his hilarious recent past appearances in The Elixir of Love (Dr. Dulcamara) and Cinderella (Don Magnifico).
As Ernesto, Christopher Bozeka will bring his honeyed tenor to bear as the crafty and conspiratorial nephew. Bozeka stopped the show in The Elixir of Love with a heart-stopping rendition of ‘Una furtive lagrima.’ Adelaide Boedecker will essay the multi-faceted role of Norina, a headstrong heroine prone to erupting in spunky coloratura singing. Ms. Boedecker showed her off her comic chops and silvery soprano in OLV’s Cinderella, as the stepsister Clorinda.
Making his Opera Las Vegas debut, Robert Mellon will gift us with his mellifluous baritone as Malatesta, the instigator of the plot’s intriguing twists and resolution. Mellon was seen recently in the starry cast of the ‘drive in’ La boheme with San Diego Opera.
Back on the podium to conduct a chamber orchestra of professional musicians is Maestro Joshua Horsch, admired for his past leadership of Cinderella, and The Elixir of Love. Horsch has recently been appointed OLV’s Music Director and Principal Conductor. Another highly anticipated return engagement brings Audrey Chait back to stage the proceedings with all the verve and imagination that she brought to 2018’s Cinderella.
Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and the young man’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. True love wins as Pasquale tries to force his nephew to marry for money—and gets a lesson he’ll never forget in a fast-paced performance chockfull of topsy-turvy, farcical fun.
Tickets are $25, and sales will begin in February 2021. All then-current health and safety protocols will be followed at the performances.