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In the mood for an Italian opera?

Sahil Magoo, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 10, 2012
First Published: 15:50 IST(10/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:37 IST(11/12/2012)

Opera lovers or even those who would once want to check out this musical art are in for a treat. A comic opera called Don Pasquale — An Old Man turns Groom, by the famous Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, is all set to take place in the city.

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Presented by The Neemrana Music Foundation, this opera has been directed by Paolo Panizza. “Delhi is a great venue for such performances as the audience is open to new forms of music and art and the culture is vibrant and diverse,” says Panizza about the three-act performance.

The plot is no less than that of a Bollywood movie. Failing to convince his nephew Ernesto to marry for money rather than love, Don Pasquale takes the task on himself to find a bride, produce an heir and deprive Ernesto of his large inheritance.

Dr Malatesta, a family friend,  makes a plan to foil his idea. He arranges a fake marriage between Don Pasquale and the young Norina, who is actually Ernesto’s beloved.

Aude Priya, who plays the character of Norina, says, “My character plays three roles; first role is that of a sincere girl in love with a man, the next is that of a seducer and the third is of a mean woman.”

Fact File
What: Italian Opera - Don Pasquale
When: December 11, 12 and 13
Timing: 7pm onwards
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

NEAREST METRO STATION: Mandi House on the Blue Line

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