I had been looking forward to catching the Lyrics’s presentation of Don Pasquale for the longest time. But I was still suffering from the lingering effects of that dratted cold, such that even after a coffee at the opera bistro minutes before the curtains, I was still battling keeping my eyes open.
On the whole though, it was a fun evening out. I thought Stephen Lord’s conducting was a tad overpowering at times, drowning out the singers at certain portions. but the singers acquitted themselves admirably, and Idebrando’s make up artist did a heck of a job transforming his rugged good looks into that of a decrepit old man.
The set was old – from the Royal Covent Gardens from the 70s – but not in the least tired, and Sir Allen Thomas had a successful directorial debut. The characters were comedic without being slapstick.