While I have conducted more than 125 different productions over the years, there’s no question that some shows just stand out as being simply fabulous. This Western version of Don Pasquale I conducted for Manitoba Opera a few years ago was one of those great shows. Not only was the Western concept fun but the cast was truly amazing singing the roles with great skill. The superb chorus in Winnipeg had a blast and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra played with great skill and finesse. Without a doubt, Donizetti’s beautiful music makes this opera a true delight. The supportive attitude amongst the performers and sense of fun made this show one of the best experiences I have enjoyed in my career. A cast that supports each other creating a highly positive environment can make the difference between a good show and a great show. This was a great one. I liked my hat a lot, too!