GCC music students enjoyed a visit to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2019 in Lismore, Co. Waterford. The students were accompanied by Ms Mannix, Ms Gilbert, Ms Lynch, Ms O’Sullivan, Mr Harrington and Mr O’Leary. The students went to see a schools performance of the opera Don Pasquale.
Don Pasquale is a comic opera (opera buffa) in three acts, composed by Gaetano Donizetti which first premiered in Paris in 1843.
The story of Don Pasquale revolves around a classic comedic premise: a young couple in love schemes to thwart the inappropriate plans of a pompous old man, who wants to marry the girl himself. What makes the opera notable within this familiar genre is its emphasis on genuine human emotion. Donizetti’s score is graceful and effervescent, as one would expect from this master of melody, but adds an additional level of sophistication to match the comic (yet insightful) proceedings.