Pasquale was a fantastic production brought to the barn
at Broome Farm by Clementine Lovell's newly formed opera
company, Pop-up Opera. Clementine
and her friends have often thought it unfair that opera
be exclusive, only being staged in big theatres in cities
and the like. They wanted to take opera out to the barns
and village halls etc. where everybody could enjoy it and
many people attended the Broome Farm event which took place
on Sunday, 3rd July.
stage was brilliantly set and the cast were brilliant. Wonderful
musical talent combined with side splitting humour and Harry's
PC generated captions made me want to watch it all over
Donizetti's comic opera tells the story of wealthy land
owner, Don Pasquale. The Don (Raul Baglietoo) has a nephew,
Ernesto (Juan Carlos Echeverry) who is in love with the
beautiful but penniless Norina, (Clementine Lovell). Not
being too happy about the penniless bit, Don Pasquale forbids
Ernesto to marry the girl, threatening to disinherit him
if he does. The Don then decides that he must produce his
own heirs, at the age of 70, the thought of which Ernesto
Don's doctor, Malatesta (Ricardo Panela) is a friend of
the young couple and persuades Norina to become 'Sofronia'
an opposite to her real self, and take part in a mock marriage
to Don Pasquale, conducted by the Notary, (Darren Royston).
Once 'married' she immediately begins to make the Don's
life miserable with her high demands, lack of love, expensive
tastes and her infidelity. In the end Don Pasquale decides
that it would have been a lot cheaper to have let Ernesto
whole production was fantastic and I highly recommend it.
Two scenes from 'Don Pasquale' will be included in the Week
in Moving Pictures, which will be online shortly.
to and following the performance, there were some delicious
Cider & Perry Co. products available as well as
some wonderful food, provided by Hilary and John Draper
of the Broome
Farm B&B, which made a the whole event just perfect.
Many great events take place at Broome Farm, the next of
which is a Ceilidh which will take place on Saturday, 30th
July. These are always fun events so why not go along and
have fun yourself?