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Dates :
October 22, 25, and 27, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
October 29, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Location: Grand Théâtre de Québec

An Opéra de Québec production

Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is a three-act opera recounting the misadventures of Don Pasquale, a miserly, elderly, confirmed bachelor. It premiered in Paris on January 3, 1843.

Ernesto, his nephew and heir, wants to marry Norina, a lovely but penniless young widow. Don Pasquale is having none of it and resolves to take a wife, produce an heir, and disinherit his nephew. That will show him! He tells Dr. Malatesta, who takes the young couple’s side and cooks up a scheme to fool the Don. Norina is enlisted to play the bride, who will be the doctor’s imaginary sister and Pasquale’s demure dream girl. Ernesto, unaware of what’s going on, believes his love is lost, while Don Pasquale’s supposedly supine and obedient bride steps away from the altar transformed into a pushy “shrew” with Dom Perignon tastes. The Don has no one to blame but himself—the joke, it turns out, is on him.

The opera reflects the traditions of opera buffa, with stock characters derived from commedia dell’arte. Director Jean-Sébastien Ouellete (Dom Juan, Le cas Joé Ferguson, La robe de Gulnara) sets the action in a fantasy of the 1960s that fits Giovanni Ruffini’s libretto and its themes like a glove, with Norina’s character a reflection of the women’s liberation movement of the day.

Original Italian version with French surtitles.

With Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Opéra de Québec chorus.

Laurent Campellone 

Music director


Jean-Sébastien Ouellette



Michel Baker


Olivier Déjean

Don Pasquale

Hugo Laporte

Dr. Malatesta

Patrick Kabongo


Michel Desbiens


Nico Desmeules


Julie Morel


Keven Dubois



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Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
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Sections Single tickets
1 performance
2 performances
Parterre A-B-C-D $75 $120
Parterre E-F-G and R-S-T-U $120 $192
Parterre H to Q, seats 27 to 1 and 2 to 26 $140 $224
Parterre H to Q, seats 51 to 29 and 28 to 52 $120 $192
Parterre V-W-X $75 $120
Circle F-G $140 $224
Circle H $130 $208
Mezzanine F $110 $176
Mezzanine G-H $75 $120
Balcony F $75 $120
Balcony G-H-J-K $55 $88
Circle box $160 $256
Mezzanine box $120 $192
Balcony box $95 $152



Youth and children

Age 30 and under, except $140 and $160 sections $45
Age 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult, all seats $30
Wheelchair $70



Group rate

Savings start at 10% Discount based on size of group (10 people or more)

Prices include tax and service charges.
Subscription period ends when performances begin in October.

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