Tom Boyd's English version of

DON PASQUALE by Donizetti

available for productions by operatic societies

 "Bel Canto comes with a special weapon: Boyd's ability to fashion sparkling new English versions of the operas he stages..." The Oxford TIMES

"... the production used Boyd's own translation, a broad and broadly witty adaptation". OPERA magazine

."...the performance was a joy...a totally convincing updating by Tom Boyd, a master of his craft" The Gloucestershire ECHO

"Tom Boyd has made an excellent job of converting Donizetti's 19th century comedy to the swinging 1960s, with contemporary language. If you want to be entertained, I recommend this version of Don Pasquale. It was a more satisfactory production than the recent effort at Covent Garden"The Gloucestershire ECHO

"In Tom Boyd's witty, wily and with-it new English libretto, the fun and games take place in Italian Soho during the swinging sixties, when girls in mini skirts were on the pill, boys in flares were on the make, and the generation gap had widened into a canyon. The libretto is Tom Boyd at his best, full of witty rhymes and amusing quips...an evening of laughter and rich entertainment". (Wilts and Gloucestershire STANDARD)

The press cuttings above spell it out pretty thoroughly. In this 1960s Swinging London version, Norina becomes Noreen, a sales girl at Frock 'em all, a trendy dress boutique in Carnaby Street, and Ernesto sets out on the the hippy trail when his mafioso uncle Pasquale forbids their marriage because she has committed the sin of divorce. The dry Donizetti recits have been replaced by sparky dialogue with cool contemporary lingo and a barrel of gags.
ACT I Dr Malatesta arrives with news for Don Pasquale

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Noreen in the"Frock 'em All' boutique, Carnaby Street

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Dr Malatesta unveils the plot to Noreen

 

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Ernesto's lament

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Ernesto and Noreen meet secretly in Pasquale's garden

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