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Onstage: Don Pasquale

By Anne Arenstein · April 2nd, 2014 · CityBeat Recommends
ac1_omerbenseadia_dottiestoverOmer Ben-Seadia - Photo: Dottie Stover
As Omer Ben-Seadia talks about directing Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, the final production in the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)’s opera series, she alternates between the calm assurance you’d expect from a seasoned theater professional and the wide-eyed delight of a first-timer in charge of a main stage production. 

Don Pasquale is Ben-Seadia’s final production for CCM and a fitting conclusion to her CCM career, according to Robin Guarino, J.

Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera. 

Don Pasquale’s plot may surprise opera newcomers. Donizetti, best known for melodramatic operas, florid arias and at least one corpse at the final curtain, does a 180 with this comedy of young lovers initially thwarted by an older relative — Don Pasquale — who won’t allow their marriage. Pasquale is tricked into marrying the disguised young woman, a decision he comes to regret, but it all ends happily and no one dies.

Don Pasquale, presented in Italian with subtitles, runs Thursday-Sunday at Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village. Tickets: 513-556-4183.



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