Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti


“This Opera Santa Barbara production of Don Pasquale was opera for everyone – an irresistible mix of comedy, great music, and delicious, wholehearted, and endlessly absorbing song. From the opening notes to the closing laughs, the show held together seamlessly; Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead; Zulimar López-Hernández dazzled as Norina; Javier Abreu sang and acted with humor and soul; Michael Krzankowski sang beautifully as the ringmaster Doctor Malatesta; Efraín Solís provided a Marx-brothers touch as the notary, and maestro Francesco Milioto coaxed wondrous sounds out of the orchestra. With this kind of consistency and quality, Opera Santa Barbara looks set to do even greater things in the coming years.”
– Charles Donelan / Santa Barbara Independent


“The hoots were plentiful and well deserved during Opera Santa Barbara’s lively staging of Donizetti’s masterpiece Don Pasquale; it was both a first-class professional singing triumph and a comedic acting home run. Opera SB’s Artistic Director, Jose Maria Condemi provided a subtle subtext of comedic schtick and visual gag. A remarkably gifted cast romped through this meringue of a plot. Donizetti’s delicious tunes have drawn audiences to Don Pasquale for 170 years, and the OSB cast was in particularly fine voice on Sunday. Under the driving tempi of conductor Francesco Milioto in his OSB debut, the production pulsed with combustive musical energy.
– Daniel Kepl / CASA Magazine


“Opera Santa Barbara closed its 19th season on a high and humorous note with Donizetti’s comedic masterpiece Don Pasquale, starring New York Metropolitan Opera veteran Philip Cokorinos in the principal role, alongside an equally impressive cast including Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez as Norina and Javier Abreu as Ernesto. Josh Epstein’s lighting design and Stacie Logue’s costumes added wonderfully to the mix of this highly entertaining battle of wits production.”
– Richard Mineards / Montecito Journal




Photos by David Bazemore


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Don Pasquale:

Philip Cokorinos


Don Pasquale /
Don Pasquale (debut)

April 2013


Zulimar López-Hernández


Norina / Don Pasquale

April 2013 (debut)


Javier Abreu


Lindoro /
L'italiana in Algeri

March 2015


Ernesto / Don Pasquale

April 2013 (debut)

Doctor Malatesta:

Michael Krzankowski


Malatesta /Don Pasquale

April 2013


Baron Douphol / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)


2011 Studio Artist
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Francesco Milioto


Conductor / Falstaff

March 2014


Conductor / Don Pasquale

April 2013 (debut)

Stage Director:

Jose Maria Condemi


Director / Falstaff

March 2014


Director / Tosca

November 2013


Director / Don Pasquale

April 2013


Director / Orfeo ed Euridice

April 2012


Director / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)


Artistic Director

2010 – 2015


Virginia Opera/John Pascoe

Lighting Design:

Josh Epstein


Lighting Designer / Tosca

November 2013


Lighting Designer /
Don Pasquale

April 2013


Lighting Designer /
La Serva Padrona
& Trouble in Tahiti

April 2011 (debut)

Costume Design:

Stacie Logue


Costume Designer /
Gallantry & Trouble in Tahiti

April 2018


Costume Designer / Noah's Flood

February 2018


Costume Designer / Brundibár

May 2017


Costume Designer /
The Cunning Little Vixen

March 2017


Costume Designer / Don Pasquale

April 2013


Costume Manager


Don Pasquale 2013; David Bazemore Photo