The very elderly and very rich bachelor, Don Pasquale, has demanded that his nephew and heir, Ernesto, breaks up with is penniless widow of a girlfriend, Norina, and marry a woman that Don Pasquale has chosen. But Ernesto refuses, because he and Norina truly love one another. Don Pasquale then decides to disinherit Ernesto and get married himself. Don Pasquale’s best friend is Dr Malatesta, a practical jokester, who foresees disaster and asks Don Pasquale to let him choose the bride. The young girl is not quite as she appears and the comedy begins.