Falstaff - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015) - Falstaff - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015)

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Giuseppe Verdi's final opera tells the tale of a portly knight with an irrepressible appetite for life, love and laughter. Falstaff crowned a career that spanned more than fifty years. Arrigo Boito – with whom Verdi also collaborated on Otello and the revisions for Simon Boccanegra – created a sparkling libretto based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Parts I and II. Verdi matched the libretto’s sprightliness with a score full of quicksilver switches in mood and tempo. Falstaff had its premiere in Milan in 1893 when Verdi was 79 and was instantly hailed as a masterpiece.

Robert Carsen's production is set in 1950s England and draws out the warmth, love of food and comedy at the heart of the opera. Falstaff moves from comic intrigue, as the 'merry wives' outmanoeuvre the scheming men, to tender romance and infectious merriment. Musical highlights include Falstaff's monologue in Act I in which he mocks honour, Fenton's lovestruck sonnet in Act III, the wives’ jubilant plotting ensembles and the final – sublime – fugue in praise of laughter.

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Robert Carsen

Michael Schønwandt

Marina Poplavskaya

Kai Rüütel

Agnes Zwierko

Anna Devin

Ambrogio Maestri

Roland Wood

Paolo Fanale

Peter Hoare

Alasdair Elliott

Lukas Jakobski

Work's characters list



Alice Ford

Meg Page

Mistress Quickly


Sir John Falstaff



Dr. Cajus