Don Pasquale: Arizona Opera

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Composed by Gaetano Donizetti

Stage Director: Chuck Hudson
Conductor: Gary Wedow

Hollywood-themed production is a musical and comic delight: Opera aficionados tired of the old “park and bark” won’t want to miss Arizona Opera’s animated take on “Don Pasquale” set during the golden age of Hollywood… The production is packed with clever sight gags, including a lovely Busby Berkeley moment during the cocktail party… Performances are excellent across the board, both comedically and musically… for pure entertainment, this impish interpretation makes for a satisfying dessert. –Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

Chuck Hudson’s production of Don Pasquale combined Commedia dell’arte with Hollywood movie history…This was a well thought out updating and it worked to make this nineteenth century opera a great piece of twenty-first century entertainment. –Maria Nockin, Opera Today.

Read Chuck Hudson’s article for Opera Arizona Soundtracks Volume 1: Norina in Don Pasquale: Donizetti’s version of “I’m Every Woman.”

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Silent Movie Overture
Starring Craig Colclough as Don Pasquale
Created by Doug Provost and Chuck Hudson