Ricordi Opera Vocal Score Series - Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale (A Comedy in 3 Acts). Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini. English version by Phyllis Mead. First performed in Paris at the Theatre des Italiens on the 3rd of January 1843. A masterpiece of comic-romantic opera, Don Pasquale stands out for its new pathetic theme where lyricism & melancholy are counterbalanced by smiles & often bold laughter.