The composer Donizetti probably died of syphilis, but before he went stark raving mad, dying in an insane asylum, he wrote a whole bunch of operas, including Don Pasquale. In this opera, young Ernesto is in love with the penniless Norina, but his cranky, rich uncle won't let him marry the girl because, well, she doesn't even have pennies (and people find those on the street every day). This opera's a comedy, and if you're new to the joys of opera, then Donizetti's opera buffa should be just the thing for you. Anyway, Don Pasquale's doctor comes up with an ingenious plan with a pretend marriage, a new "wife" who spends lots of money, and it eventually comes around to a happy ending with a wedding and all. This is the third production of Dallas' inaugural season in the Winspear Opera House, and the ticket price is worth it for a look at the company's swanky new digs, located at 2403 Flora St. Tickets start at $15. Go to dallasopera.org or call 214-443-1000 for information.
Fri., Feb. 19; Sun., Feb. 21; Wed., Feb. 24; Sat., Feb. 27; Fri., March 5; Sun., March 7, 2010