"I tried to find accurate prototypes for characters in the modern world."

This Donizetti opera had its 1st performance at the Théâtre-Italien, Paris, on 3 January 1843 and was an immediate success. The composer was repeatedly called to take his bows, and many of the numbers were encored. In the same year Don Pasquale was presented in Milan, Turin, Vienna, London, Brussels and Lille. And to this day it continues to be one of Donizetti’s most popular repertory works.

At the Bolshoi Theatre, Don Pasquale was first heard in 1850. The year of the following production was recorded as 1872. And then, there was a pause almost a century and a half long. Only in 2016, the opera returned to the playbill of the theatre. The current Bolshoi's production stopped narrative from being an abstract theatrical joke. All the characters regained the body and blood of people of our times. Every character got their own profession, social status and biography. Being enriched with contemporary realism, Don Pasquale has started to sound wittier and up to date but also kept its joyful eccentric character.