WEATHER »
<em>Don Pasquale</em> at the Granada Theatre

David Bazemore

Don Pasquale at the Granada Theatre


Don Pasquale at the Granada Theatre

Donizetti’s Comic Opera Yielded Beautiful Music on Sunday, April 28


This Opera Santa Barbara production of Don Pasquale was opera for everyone — an irresistible mix of comedy, great music, and delicious, wholehearted, and endlessly absorbing song. From the opening notes to the closing laughs, the show held together seamlessly, and when Don Pasquale finally forgave the young lovers Ernesto and Norina, his capitulation earned him the biggest laugh of all. This crowning moment reminded us that opera, which must at times embrace tragedy, is at its best when hymning the joys of reconciliation.

Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb. Michael Krzankowski sang beautifully in the role of Doctor Malatesta and brought coherence and pacing to the several scenes in which he acted as a kind of ringmaster to this circus of disguises, love tests, and assignations. Efraín Solís provided a Marx-brothers touch as the notary, and maestro Francesco Milioto coaxed wondrous sounds out of the orchestra. As one half of the loving couple, Javier Abreu sang and acted with humor and soul. His aria at the opening of the garden scene was memorably poignant.

Highest praise, however, should be reserved for the soprano Zulimar López-Hernández, who dazzled in the multifaceted role of Norina/Sophronia. Her transformations from a lover to a shy young woman just out of the convent to a spendthrift shrew and back again were a joy to behold. With this kind of consistency and quality, Opera Santa Barbara looks set to do even greater things in the coming years.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Santa Barbara Rental Prices Have Skyrocketed Over the Last Five Years

The average rent for a South Coast studio is $1,553.

Trio Stops the Show at Board of Education

More than a dozen appeal to Santa Barbara Unified School District to maintain music classes and programs.

Santa Barbara District Attorney Endorses Villaraigosa for Governor

Joyce Dudley preferred the former Los Angeles mayor’s positions on crime and education.

San Marcos Principal Files Suit Against Santa Barbara Unified School District

Ed Behrens charges emotional and physical distress due to demotion.

City Water Use Hits 1958 Levels

Population was twice today's; revenue close to falling short of expenses.