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Subject: S.F. 'Pasquale' - prima la musica
From: janosG <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:janosG <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:40:16 -0700

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The Primacy of Donizetti

The superbly melodic operas of Gaetano Donizetti represent a triumph of the human spirit over extreme adversities. Long before syphilis and bipolar disorder drove him into an insane asylum and then early death at age 51 in 1848, he had a complicated, difficult life, but his music is often happy, always beautiful.

Even in case of “Don Pasquale,” a potentially sad story about punishing a foolish old man searching for love, the music buoys and exhilarates. And so it is at San Francisco Opera’s new presentation (, which opened in the War Memorial on Sept. 28 – with some musical and vocal values winning over silly (and presumably expensive) over-production. Even with revolving set, endlessly repeated shticks, pratfalls, and the like, give me Donizetti any time if it has:... <snip>

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