Boardwalk Empire set in Chicago in Italian? How Brown of us. This weekend brings Brown Opera Production’s (BOP) spring performance of Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti. Directed by Michelle Migliori ‘14 and musically directed by Jacob Klapholz ‘13, this opera puts a 1920s spin on this opera from 1810.
The BOP board decided to take on Don Pasquale in December 2011 knowing that it was one of the most musically difficult operas. However, under the musical direction of Klapholz, an untrained ear would never know the underlying difficulties of the music. The cast makes it seem almost effortless. The cast received its music back in December and the preparation shows wonderfully. The real strength of this production is the vocal talent of Don Pasquale (John Brakatselos ’15) and Norina (Kathryn Cohen ’13). Brakatselos’ voice is as big as his fat suit. And the only response I can give to Cohen’s performance is: “Darn that girl can SANG… and act!” [Read more →]