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Opera is Poetry ~~~
How can I understand it better?

We at Opera Italia treasure La Bella Lingua ~ Italian ~

and we know it flies by fast in an opera!

Many of you have asked for more explanation of the beautiful words, beyond the supertitles...

So for DON PASQUALE, we are offering a SPECIAL online class to get you ready -- 

  • to HEAR the poetry in the opera, and

  • to UNDERSTAND key phrases

ITALIAN is a super-melodic language -- join us for a fun hour of "practicing for the opera!"

~~ Created by our dauntless producer, Francesca Taylor, and taught by instructors trained in operatic Italian from classic works

No experience necessary!

Come with a love of opera and Italian;  we will assure you gain a greater ability to know what you are listening to in DON PASQUALE - a Roman comedy hit!

Each class is one hour in length

$12 per session ~~ link will be sent upon registration

A Jovial Roman Play...

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by Gaetano Donizetti


Rome, mid- 1800s. The old bachelor Don Pasquale plans to marry in order to punish his rebellious nephew, Ernesto, who is in love with the young widow Norina. Pasquale wants an heir so he can cut the young man off without a penny. In the aria, Son nov’ore (It’s nine o’clock), he consults Dr. Malatesta, who suggests as a bride his own (feigned) beautiful younger sister. Feeling rejuvenated, the delighted Pasquale asks Malatesta to arrange a meeting with the young woman at once. Ernesto arrives and again refuses to marry a woman of his uncle’s choice. Pasquale tells him that he will have to leave the house, then announces his own marriage plans to his astonished nephew Prender moglie (Getting married!). With no inheritance, Ernesto sees his dreams evaporating. To make matters worse, he learns that his friend Malatesta has arranged Pasquale’s marriage.

On her terrace, Norina laughs over a silly romantic story she’s reading, in Quel guardo il cavaliere (Her gaze on him). She is certain of her own ability to charm a man. Malatesta arrives. He is in fact plotting on her and Ernesto’s behalf and explains his plan: Norina is to impersonate his (nonexistent) sister, marry Pasquale in a mock ceremony, and drive him to such desperation that he will be at their mercy. Norina is eager to play the role if it will help her and Ernesto to be together Pronto io son (I’m all ready).



Ernesto, who knows nothing of Malatesta’s scheme, is desperate about the apparent loss of Norina and imagines his future as an exile Povero Ernesto (Poor Ernesto). Pasquale, on the other hand, is impatient to meet his bride-to-be and enchanted when Malatesta introduces the timid “Sofronia” Via, da brava (Come, take courage) Pasquale decides to get married at once. During the wedding ceremony, Ernesto bursts in and accuses Norina of being unfaithful. Malatesta quickly and quietly explains to him what is going on and Ernesto plays witness to the wedding contract. As soon as the document is sealed and Pasquale has signed over his fortune to his bride, Norina changes her act from demure girl to willful shrew. The shocked Pasquale protests, to the delight of Norina, Ernesto, and Malatesta Fra da una parte (She of the first part).



Pasquale’s new “wife” has continued her extravagant ways and amassed a stack of bills I diamanti presto, presto (Fetch the diamonds, hurry, hurry). When servants arrive carrying more purchases, Pasquale furiously resolves to assert his rights as husband. Norina, dressed elegantly for the theater, slaps him when he tries to bar her way Signorina in tanta fretta (My lady, what a hurry). He threatens her with divorce, and she realizes she feels sympathy for the old man’s pain. As she leaves, she drops a letter implying that she has a rendezvous with an unknown suitor in the garden that night Qualche nota di cuffie (Some bill for the bonnets). The desperate Pasquale sends for Malatesta. The chorus of servants observe the story playing out and sing about all the hubbub Che interminabile andirivieni (No end to this coming and going) Malatesta first tells Ernesto to make sure that Pasquale will not recognize him when he plays his part in the garden that evening. Then, alone with Pasquale, Malatesta assures him they will trap “Sofronia” in a compromising situation. Pasquale is happy to leave everything to Malatesta Cheti cheti immantinente (Softly, so they don’t suspect us).

In the garden, Ernesto serenades Norina, and the two declare their love Com’e’ gentil (How sweet she is) and Tornami a dir che m’ami (Come back to tell me that you love me). Pasquale and Malatesta arrive—too late to catch the young man, who slips into the house, while “Sofronia” plays the innocent wife. Malatesta then announces that Ernesto is about to introduce his own bride, Norina, into the house. “Sofronia” protests she will never share the roof with another woman and threatens to leave. Pasquale is overjoyed and grants permission for Ernesto to marry Norina, with his inheritance. When Sofronia’s identity is finally revealed, Pasquale accepts the situation with good humor, gives the couple his blessing, and joins in observing that marriage is not for an old man La morale in tutto questo (The moral of this story is -).


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Audition fee : $35

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Introducing NEW Supertitle Technology to make Don Pasquale easy to understand and to enjoy!!!

Artistic Spotlight on Angela Brandonisio

Forthcoming artist and guest with Opera Italia

Opera Italia ~ LA profiles musicians, singers and artists of the community as role models for children and young people.

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How old were you when you started painting and how did you obtain training as an artist?

I used to paint when I was a child, but I actually started painting as a hobby my second year of community college. I would take art classes alongside my regular courses for fun. I would say my art journey began in 2016 when I was 20.


I realized in college that art was my true passion, I taught myself how to paint, then eventually took art classes that were specific to painting. 

What would you like to do with your art as your career unfolds?



Currently, I work as an art instructor. My dream has always been to teach art. I’ve just completed my bachelor’s degree in studio arts at Cal State University Fullerton, and I plan on applying for my masters very soon! I hope to one day teach university level art as a professor, specializing in drawing and painting. 

Who is your own favorite artist and what is your greatest source of inspiration? ?

One of my favorite artists include one of the old masters, Michelangelo.

 I would say my greatest source of artistic inspiration would be color. Specifically in nature, landscapes, skies. My favorite things to paint are nature scenes

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