3, 7, 11, 15, 19 July
CONDUCTOR Thomas Blunt
DIRECTOR Alan Privett
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Don Pasquale is a sparkling comedy with lyrical music. Longborough welcomes Thomas Blunt to Longborough to conduct Donizetti’s charming comic opera, directed by Alan Privett.
Performances on 3, 7, 11, 15 July begin at 6.30 pm and have a ninety minute dining interval.
The performance on Sunday 19 July begins at 3.00 p.m. and has a 75 minute afternoon tea interval.
From the Director: This production of Don Pasquale takes a fresh look at the world of Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey. When an old man with more money than sense decides to indulge a final flush of youthful energy, and marry a young wife, he sets himself up for a fall. It’s an old story, that of The Silent Woman: she’s ‘silent’, that is, until married, and able to take advantage of him – which she does, with a vengeance, and drives him to distraction. In Donizetti’s version, there’s a lovesick nephew also in the frame, and some very unruly servants.
Set this on a 1930’s Hollywood sound stage, imagine yourself as the cameraman, and keep your wits about you. After all, the principal actors and the studio crew alike all have their private lives, as well as a job to do…