This past weekend, Mercyhurst University presented its rendition of the classic operatic comedy “Don Pasquale” at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
It was accompanied by the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Moser.
The story followed the old and wealthy bachelor Don Pasquale, played brilliantly by talented Mercyhurst senior Patrick Smith, as he decides to get married.
Other characters included Norina, played by junior Lydia Bolin, and Ernesto, played by Mercyhurst alumnus Gabriel Borerro.
The narrative follows Pasquale’s attempts to secure his nephew Ernesto’s future by arranging a marriage between Ernesto and a woman of his station.
However, Ernesto is in love with the young widow Norina, and refuses to cooperate.
Assisted by their friend Dr. Malatesta, played by alumnus Jake Shearer, Ernesto and Norina decide to trick Don Pasquale into letting them marry after all.
Their comedic shenanigans were captivatingly performed with clear vocal technique and charismatic character portrayal.
The MU Civic Orchestra gave a wonderful performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s composition.
Smith sang the title role with authority and a profusion of comic business, pursuing Pasquale’s character arc from infatuated to betrayed in a bold physical performance.
Bolin, who sang with a bright, focused tone, gave an elegant and witty performance as the determined Norina.
Shearer’s brisk vocalism was a sure asset to the show as he played the devious Dr. Malatesta.