Falstaff

Falstaff artwork
Giuseppe Verdi

July 20, 24, 26, 28, 30, August 1, 3 at 7.30pm

First performed at La Scala in Milan on 9 February 1893

Libretto adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor with scenes from Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
New production



Conductor Peter Robinson
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan

Falstaff Olafur Sigurdarson
Ford George von Bergen
Alice Ford Linda Richardson
Meg Page Carolyn Dobbin
Mistress Quickly Carole Wilson
Nanetta Rhona McKail
Fenton Benjamin Hulett
Dr Caius Christopher Turner
Bardolpho Brian Galliford
Pistola Simon Wilding

With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Opera Holland Park closes the season with Verdi’s last opera – his second comedy – written in 1893 when the composer was nearly 80. Its scintillating libretto and wonderfully fluent composition make it a much-revered work, the distillation of Verdi’s monumental talents into one final masterpiece. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, with scenes from Henry IV, Falstaff follows our hapless hero Sir John as he attempts to sort out some financial troubles by relying on his irresistible personal charms…a vain old man is made to come to terms with age and approaching death.

We are delighted to welcome back baritone Olafur Sigurdarson (L’amore dei tre Re, 2007, La Gioconda, 2008, Un ballo in maschera, 2009), to sing the title role.

Chorus generously supported by Mrs Angela Lascelles

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