Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

“…I can recommend it without reservation” – Victor Cordell, Reviewer, For All Events

Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale has only three things going for it – a sparkling score; a charming story of young love and old foolishness; and more humor than a barrel full of monkeys. Those three little things are what make this opera a comic masterpiece of the highest order. But one other element necessary to success is a staging that brings the notes on paper to life. Livermore Valley Opera’s production sparkles…READ FULL REVIEW

A Rootin’ Tootin’ Romp in the Wild West!

Photo by Robert Tinker

David Gately’s well loved concept of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic Buffo Opera Don Pasquale is an evening of fun, laughs and amazing tunes sure to satisfy everyone. Join us as we saddle up to tell the story of Don Pasquale, an ornery old thing whose desire to be married soon fades when his much younger wife takes the reins and drives his life out of control. It is a classic Spaghetti Western complete with Gun totin’ cowboys, saloon gals, bubble baths and even a Mariachi band to help set the stage for this evening of light-hearted fun. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Set in the 1880s, just 40 years later than the original setting, this production has been entertaining audiences for over 2 decades and never fails to keep ‘em rollin’ in the aisles! FUN FACT! There used to be an old general store in downtown Tucson that opened in the 1880’s. It’s owner and proprietor was an Italian immigrant whose name was – Pasquale!

 

Cast

Peter Strummer

Peter Strummer as Don Pasquale

Peter Strummer (Don Pasquale), one of America’s foremost character bass-baritones, has earned a reputation for endowing his buffo characterizations with incredible depth and humanity. His signature portrayals are described as “highly individual, each formidably different whether as Bartolo or Don Magnifico or Beckmesser or Pasquale.” He has sung with major opera companies in North America and Europe including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid. Last season, his engagements included La Cenerentola with Syracuse Opera, Don Pasquale with Opera Orlando and Vero Beach Opera, The Mikado with Kentucky Opera, Tosca with Opera Tampa, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids. Engagements from recent seasons include Don Pasquale and Of Mice and Men with Manitoba Opera, Elmer Gantry and La fille du régiment with Tulsa Opera, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Fondazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Peter Strummer is sponsored by Joan and Lynn Seppala.
Erin Sanzero

Erin Sanzero as Norina

Erin Sanzero (Norina) made her role debut as Lucia in LVO’s 2015 production where she was lauded as a “powerhouse Lucia” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. The Washington, D.C. based soprano’s recent concert engagements include the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.2, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, and the premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass. She also appeared in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’ Paul’s Case.Ms. Sanzero made her LA Opera debut as Emmie in Albert Herring conducted by James Conlon, and appeared in the same production at the Santa Fe Opera under Sir Andrew Davis. She has also appeared with Washington Concert Opera and in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music, Ms. Sanzero has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as the Mario Lanza Foundation.

Erin Sanzero is sponsored by Suzanne and Roger Lake.
Alex DeSocio

Alex DeSocio as Dr. Malatesta

Alex DeSocio (Dr. Malatesta), born in Wichita, KS, has been described by The New York Times as having a “buttery, booming baritone.” He received degrees from Northwestern University and University of Maryland. Mr. DeSocio is a two time alumni of the Merola Opera Program. A former resident artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, his recent professional experience includes the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Miami Music Festival, El Dancairo in Carmen with Fort Worth Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème with the Charleston Opera, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with LoftOpera. He was a finalist in the Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, a two-time Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a winner of a Sullivan Foundation Grant. Future engagements include Lescaut in Manon with Opera Santa  Barbara, Marcello in La Bohème with Pacific Opera Project and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Birmingham.

Alex DeSocio is sponsored by Jean King.
Marco Stefani

Marco Stefani as Ernesto

Marco Stefani (Ernesto), an Italian-American tenor, recently made his German debut at Theater Lübeck as Il Cavaliere Belfiore in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims. He was previously heard in Europe at the Salzburg Festspiele as a member of the Young Singers Project, the Rossini Opera Festival, and at the Festival della Valle d’Itria where he covered the role of Giasone in Mayr’s Medea in Corinto. In the United States he has been heard at the San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera as a member of their young artist program, Stockton Opera, Townsend Opera, Firehouse Arts Center, and in New York City with the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series. Mr. Stefani is a grant winner
from the Sullivan Foundation. He completed studies at the University of the Pacific, Indiana University, and Music Academy of the West. Ernesto is a role debut and his third appearance with LVO.

Marco Stefani is sponsored by Jon Dickson.

Sean Rose as Notary

Sean Rose (Notary) is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied classical voice and psychology. Performing opportunities at Loyola included scenes from Britten’s Albert Herring and from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, as well as Bernstein’s Candide and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He also sang with the New Orleans Opera Chorus in productions of Der Vampyr by Marschner, Rusalka by Dvorjak, and Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart. Mr. Rose performed as a chorus member last fall for LVO’s production of Der Fliegende Holländer. He is the winner of the 2017 San Francisco Bay Area NATS Classical Singing Competition in the Avocational/Advanced category. Currently, Mr. Rose is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, specializing in multiculturalism, integrative theory, and police/public safety  psychology.