“Don Pasquale” Romps Through the Winspear

by Suzanne Calvin

And both critics and audiences seem…well, charmed.

Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell praised a cast that ranged from “very good to dazzling” in his “Dallas Morning News” review.

Olin Chism for KERA’s “Art and Seek” pronounced “Pasquale” a “winner,” reserving special kudos for the hilarious Donato DiStefano in the title role and the “vocally nimble and dramatically superb Adriana Kucerova as Norina.”

And Wayne Lee Gay of D magazine’s “FrontRow” concurs: “this production is blessed with an ensemble of brilliantly gifted singers in the bel canto style. Slovakian soprano Adriana Kucerova, making her American debut as Norina, owns a gloriously flexible and beautiful voice, and bounds about the stage with youthful energy; she seems likely to join the impressive list of singers who took their first American bows in Dallas.”

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs of “Theater Jones” seemed especially taken with Nathan Gunn’s performance.  “Baritone Nathan Gunn, as the scheming Doctor Malatesta, possesses a voice that is pure honey; perfectly produced and even from top to bottom. His characterization was more sympathetic that usual.”

William Burnett of “Operawarhorses” enthuses: “This is a wonderful opera for both the veteran aficionado, who will delight in the performances of DiStefano, Kucerova, Gunn and Shankle, and the newcomer to opera, seeking sprightly, melodious music encased in a story that is fun to watch. The Dallas Opera has produced a great “Don Pasquale.”

Production photos by Karen Almond!

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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