Giuseppe Verdi

New Teatro alla Scala Production
In coproduction with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London;
Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

From 15 January to 12 February 2013

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes intermission included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
In spite of his immense belly, lack of hygiene and advancing baldness, Sir Falstaff considers that his soldier-philosopher’s appeal remains impervious to the passing of time. And in courting two ladies who, according to Shakespeare, are “cheerful” (but basically speaking rather well-to-do) – he causes offence which is vindicated with a couple of rather heavy-handed tricks.

A very coherent choice has been made for this “British” comedy, which provided company for an almost eighty-year-old Verdi. First and foremost, the opera is conducted by Daniel Harding, England’s best-known conductor at present. Even the setting is very “British” – the work of the inspired Robert Carsen (director of the recent Don Giovanni) – with the action unfolding against a backdrop of the world of “fox hunting” in the Fifties. For the overweight knight-cum-boaster we have Bryn Terfel and Ambrogio Maestri, two princes of the stage, whose witty and irresistible interpretations of Falstaff have already gone down in the history books.


Daniel Harding
Robert Carsen
Paul Steinberg
Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet


Sir John Falstaff
Ambrogio Maestri (15, 20, 26, 29 Jan.; 12 Feb.)
Elia Fabbian (23 Jan.)
Bryn Terfel (31 Jan,; 2, 6, 8 Feb.)
Fabio Capitanucci (15, 20, 23, 26, 29, 31 Jan.; 12 Feb.)
Massimo Cavalletti (2, 6, 8 Feb.)
Francesco Demuro (15, 20, 23, 26, 29, 31 Jan.)
Antonio Poli (2, 6, 8, 12 Feb.)
Dr. Cajus
Carlo Bosi
Riccardo Botta
Alessandro Guerzoni
Mrs. Alice
Carmen Giannattasio
Irina Lungu (15, 20, 23, 26, 29, 31 Jan.)
Ekaterina Sadovnikova (2, 6, 8, 12 Feb.)
Mrs. Meg
Laura Polverelli (15, 20, 23, 26, 29, 31 Jan.)
Manuela Custer (2, 6, 8, 12 Feb.)
Mrs. Quickly
Daniela Barcellona (15, 20, 26, 31 Jan.; 8 Feb.)
Marie-Nicole Lemieux (23, 29 Jan.; 2, 6, 12 Feb.)

Due to a disease Ambrogio Maestri has withdrawn from the performance of Falstaff on Thursday 31/01. The role of Falstaff will be sung by Bryn Terfel.

Barbara Frittoli is forced to withdraw from the production of Falstaff. The role of Alice in all the performances (15, 20, 23, 26, 29, 31 January; 2, 6, 8, 12 February) will be covered by Carmen Giannattasio.

With the support of
Teatro alla Scala