Berkshire Opera Festival slates 'Don Pasquale'

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Opera Festival will present Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" in August for its fourth season.

Performances are scheduled 1 p.m. Aug. 24, and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and 30 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, a change in venue after three seasons at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

The production is conducted and directed, respectively, by BOF co-founders artistic director Brian Garman and director of production Jonathon Loy.

The cast features American bass-baritone Craig Colclough starring in the title role. He is joined by Metropolitan Opera soprano Deanna Breiwick as Norina and American tenor Matthew Grills as her lover, Ernesto. Irish-American baritone Emmett O'Hanlon rounds out the cast as Doctor Malatesta.

The comedy tells the story of a crusty old bachelor, Don Pasquale, who decides to marry a much younger wife and produce an heir to spite his nephew Ernesto, but then gets much more than he bargained for when Doctor Malatesta and Norina decide to teach him a lesson.

"We're delighted to present this remarkable comedy this summer," Garman said in a news release. "For me, 'Don Pasquale' is the very greatest of all the bel canto comedies and stands as Donizetti's masterpiece in the genre. It's no wonder it remains one of his most popular operas."

"Don Pasquale" will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. Tickets are on sale now. Complete information is available online at berkshireoperafestival.org/donpasquale.

In addition to the production, Berkshire Opera Festival will opresent a series of recitals and sopecial events around the Berkshires, including a new collaboration with Hancock Shaker Village entitled "Ain't it a Pretty Night: Excerpts from American Opera," and "Savor the Sound: An Evening of Bel Canto," a free concert.

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