Boston University Opera Institute Presents Don Pasquale

Contact: Amy Corcoran, 617/353-7293 |

(Boston, Mass.) – For its first opera of the spring season, the Boston University Opera Institute will perform Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The comic opera is produced as a collaboration between Boston University’s School of Music and its School of Theatre Arts. Performances begin on the Boston University Theatre Mainstage on February 12 and continue through February 15.

Sharon Daniels, Director of Opera Programs and The Opera Institute in the School of Music at Boston University, stage directs this production. William Lumpkin, Music Director for the Opera Institute, conducts. The opera will be performed in Italian and English with supertitles by School of Music faculty member Allison Voth. Set, costume and lighting design are by School of Theatre Arts students Cristina Todesco, Sekula Sinadinovski and Diana Kesselschmidt, respectively. Huntington Theatre Company staff and the School of Theatre Arts’ professional faculty provide support in all design and technical production areas. The opera is performed with two casts alternating each performance.

This opera is the story of Don Pasquale, a wealthy old bachelor, whose nephew, Ernesto, has rejected his uncle’s attempts to place him in an arranged marriage because he is in love with a poor, young student. Pasquale decides to teach Ernesto a lesson by getting married himself, thus thwarting his nephew’s inheritance. The family doctor, Malatesta, dupes Pasquale into a match with a beautiful young woman. Pasquale is appalled when his demure bride transforms into a bossy shrew who proceeds to squander his money with reckless delight. After much hilarious scheming and misunderstanding, the young woman is revealed as Norina, his nephew’s true love; all is forgiven and the young couple triumph in the end.

Don Pasquale is an opera in three acts, with a libretto written by Giacomo Ruffini and the composer, based upon an earlier work by Angelo Anelli, “Ser Marc’ Antonio.” It was first performed in Paris in January 1843.

Ticket Information

Performances of Don Pasquale will be held at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston, on:

Thursday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 13 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 14, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 15, 2:00pm

Tickets are $15 and $10 general admission; $10 and $8 BU alumni and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers; $5 students and senior citizens. Tickets are on sale now. Call the Boston University Theatre Box Office at 617/266-0800. Please note, for Boston University students, faculty and staff: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.

Boston University Opera Programs

The Opera Institute and Opera Workshops are the two programs offered by the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. The programs are led by Director of Opera Programs Sharon Daniels, Music Director and Conductor William Lumpkin, Artistic Advisor Phyllis Curtin, Principal Coach Allison Voth, Coach Jeffrey Stevens, and distinguished members of School of Music and School of Theatre Arts faculty, professional guest artists, directors, master class teachers and staff.

The Opera Institute, founded in 1987 by Dean Phyllis Curtin, is a non-degree professional training program for the advanced singer preparing for an operatic career. Twelve singers, chosen by international search and national audition, are given free tuition and stipends for an innovative two-year residency of professional, performance-based training that provides the crucial transition between academic training and professional career.

The Opera Workshops operate at two levels. The Opera Theatre is open to 15-20 advanced singers selected by audition from voice degree programs at Boston University. Participants must be at an advanced level and demonstrate true operatic potential. These Students interact on a daily basis with members of the Opera Institute, receiving acting and movement training and participating in scenes work. They are eligible to audition for, and are often selected as, principals and ensemble members in productions. The Opera Workshop is open by audition to 15 to 20 singers in a voice degree program at Boston University, who demonstrate true operatic potential and have mastered a beginning level of acting and vocal skill.

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity. For further information about upcoming opera performances and other events from the Boston University College of Fine Arts log on to