The old Don gets his comeuppance in this hilarious “opera buffa” by Gaetano Donizetti.

Island City Opera opens it’s fourth season with Gaetano Donizetti’s exuberant comedy Don Pasquale.  Crafty Norina and her lovesick beau, Ernesto, outwit Ernesto’s swaggering uncle, the Don, with the help of the wily Dr. Malatesta.  Finally, an opera where the soprano comes out on top.

Don Pasquale will be sung in its original Italian with English super-titles.

Tickets are on sale online and through the Box Office at (510) 263-8060.


All performances are held at the Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda CA

Performance Calendar


Special Preview Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:30PM

Opening Night Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:30PM

Sunday Matinee, Sunday January 22, 2017 at 2:00PM

Friday Date Night, Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:30PM

Closing Matinee, Sunday January 29, 2017 at 2:00PM

Opera run-time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.

Anchor Society Lecture Series

Island City Opera’s Anchor Society invites you to join them for the Anchor Society Lectures held one hour prior to the curtain.

Seating Chart




Single Preview TicketsGeneral Admission for Adults $25, Students (13 to 21 with student id) $10, Children (12 and under) $0.

Discount Season Pass: (Save $5.  1 ticket for each Preview) Adult $45.




Single Performance Tickets: Reserved Sofa seats are $45.  Front Row Cafe Table Seats (4 seats per table) are $60.  Large Table Seats (10 seats per table) are $60.

Discount Season Passes(Save up to $12.  1 ticket any Performance of each show).  General Admission seats $72, Reserved Sofa Seats $81, Large Tables $108 and Front Row Cafe Tables $108.General Admission seats for Adults $40, Seniors $36, Students (13 to 21 with Student ID) $10, and, Child $0.


Drinks will be on sale at the Bar at the rear of the Ballroom before the curtain, during intermission and immediately after the show.   And,  wine will be on sale from the rolling bar near the stage before the curtain and during intermission.

Concessions will be on sale at the rear of the Ballroom before the curtain, and, during intermission.  Concessions will be provided by a variety vendors who will be announced via email.

Don Pasquale Cast

Opera Buffa and Reality TV, One Hilarious Package, Director’s Notes on Don Pasquale

Donizetti’s comedic masterpiece was written towards the end of his career in 11 days. Eleven days!! That is how long it takes me to fold my laundry. This story reminds me of watching reality TV…

Donizetti: The Boy from the Basement

“I was born underground in Borgo Canale.” He wrote in a letter to German composer Johann Simon Mayr, his teacher. “You went down cellar steps, where no glimmer of light ever penetrated.”

Maestro Conducts Magic

Unlike some wizards, Phil Kuttner didn’t have to receive a letter in the mail to know his destiny; he discovered his calling at the age of five, when he sat down at the piano.

Bojan Knezevic Brings a Classic to the Future

On the brink of playing Don Pasquale, it’s no wonder he has faith in the future of opera considering his past in it.

Eileen Meredith as Norina

Eileen Meredith sings Norina in the January 2017 production of Don Pasquale.

Igor Vieira stars as the wily Dr. Malatesta

Igor Vieira stars as the wily Dr. Malatesta in Island City Opera’s production of Don Pasquale, January 2016.

Sergio Gonzalez sings Ernesto in Don Pasquale

Sergio González, tenor, makes his Island City Opera debut singing the role of the lovesick Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.

Bojan Knezevic stars as Don Pasquale

Bojan Knezevic returns to Island City Opera in the title role of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in January, 2017.

Erin Neff – Stage Director

Erin Neff returns to Island City Opera to direct Donizetti’s comedy Don Pasquale. Erin directed Rossini’s hilarious Il Signor Bruschino in Island City Opera’s inaugural 2015 season.

Philip Kuttner – Music Director

Philip Kuttner joins Island City Opera as Music Director for our 2017 Season Productions of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Massenet’s Don Quixote.