Evelino Pidò and Ioan Hotea return to Royal Opera House in Donizetti's comic masterpiece Don Pasquale
A co-production with Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Don Pasquale is considered one of Donizetti’s greatest comic operas, capturing domestic drama across two generations.
Young director Damiano Michieletto is known for his witty and dynamic interpretations, purposefully intertwining a classic tale and contemporary direction.
Evelino Pidò, seen as one of the world’s leading interpreters of this repertoire, received an outstanding response having conducted the production in Paris in June 2018:
“Evelino Pidò always full of verve, offers a field of exploration for the four voices together.” Opera Online
“Evelino Pidò directs the Orchester de l'Opéra de Paris with a great energy that communicates to the musicians.” Olyrix
“The direction of Evelino Pidò, all shades of tempi and dynamic variations, creates contrasts of colour that are perfectly suited to this work” ResMusica
Most recently for the Royal Opera House, Pidò has conducted Fille du Regiment and Les contes d'Hoffmann. Highlights of his 2019/20 season include numerous returns to the Wiener Staatsoper, a concert version of Iris for Teatro Real and a concert series with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Ioan Hotea takes the role of Ernesto, nephew of Don Pasquale (played by Bryn Terfel).
The Romanian tenor shot to prominence in 2015 when he was crowned winner of the much-coveted Operalia competition, where he was awarded the First Prize in both Opera and Zarzuela categories.
Since then he has performed on the stages of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Zurich Opera, Opera de Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Opera de Monte-Carlo and Choregies d’Orange. Hotea’s first performed at the Royal Opera House was in the 2016/17 season when he jumped in at short notice and made his company debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
This season Hotea makes his debut in Munich at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Audiences in Tokyo can see Hotea as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi during the Spring Festival Tokyo Opera Nomori. Other engagements include his first Arturo in I Puritani at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he also performs Tonio in La Fille du régiment. In Wiesbaden, where Hotea is a member of the ensemble, he performs Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Des Grieux in Manon and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
Don Pasquale runs from 14 October to 2 November 2019 and is live in cinemas across the country on 24 October.
Intermusica signs tenor Ioan Hotea
We are delighted to announce the signing of tenor Ioan Hotea, who stars as Ernesto alongside Sir Bryn Terfel and Olga Peretyatko in the new production of Don Pasquale at Royal Opera House, conducted by Evelino Pidò.
Hotea shot to prominence in 2015 when he was crowned the winner of the much coveted Operalia competition claiming the first prize in the male and Zarzuela categories. Since then he has made impressive debuts with Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opera, Opera Zurich, Staatsoper Hamburg, Les Chorégies d'Orange, Opera de Monte Carlo, Opera National de Rhin, Oper Stuttgart and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he debuted as Nemorino L’elisir d’amore.
Further engagements this season include his debut in Munich at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Ferrando in Così fan tutte; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi during the Spring Festival Tokyo Opera Nomori; and Arturo in I Puritani at Deutsche Oper am Rhein where he also sings Tonio in La Fille du régiment. In Wiesbaden, where Hotea is a member of the ensemble, he performs Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Des Grieux Manon and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore.