Falstaff

Sunday, December 21
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2hr 33mins // directed by:Dominique Pitoiset // featuring:Ambrogio Maestri, sung in Italian

For his last masterpiece, Verdi found the material for the comedy of his life-long dreams in the story of this old, penniless and pot-bellied knight: a huge roar of laughter, which still reverberates in us a century later.

A lyric comedy opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). 

“For forty years I have wanted to write a comic opera”. When Verdi wrote these words in 1890, he had already bid farewell to the stage not once but twice, with Aida and with Otello. Fifty years earlier, he had tried his hand at opera buffa with Un giorno de regno. The piece was a flop and, since his wife died during its composition, the failure left him highly embittered. Was it the desire to ward off the ill fortune that appeared in so many of his operas that made him take up his pen again one last time? Or was it the shadow of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the libretto written by the talented Boito, inspired by Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor, overcame his reluctance? “I am having fun…” Verdi repeated continually when composing Falstaff. The composer views the escapades of the old penniless