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Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16A, Dusseldorf, 40213, Germany
January 3, 2018 to July 01, 2018
Time: 19:30 to 22:15
Venue: Opernhaus Düsseldorf
February 22, 2018 to June 02, 2018
Venue: Theater Duisburg

Age offers no insurance against stupidity. In this, the story of Don Pasquale is by no means an isolated case. Commedia dell’arte, the traditional Italian form of improvised comedy, had already poked fun at the character of the vain, dazzled or self-important old man. His comic potential is particularly high when, like Don Pasquale, he goes courting and demands a cure to make him young once again. Here even his own doctor can become his enemy. In this case Dottore Malatesta sides with youth. In order to help his unhappy nephew Ernesto, he arranges a sham marriage between Pasquale and Ernesto‘s beloved, the beautiful but penniless Norina. However, no sooner has the wedding been celebrated and the fortune shared than the loving and sweet-natured bride transforms into a vicious fury. She makes exorbitant demands, orders deliveries of expensive clothing and finery, laughs at old Pasquale and humiliates him whenever she can. In order to be rid of this domestic plague, Pasquale is prepared to take both his nephew and his beloved into his household and is forced to realise that he has become the victim of a collective intrigue.
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