Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala Production
In coproduction with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London;
Canadian Opera Company, Toronto;
Metropolitan Opera, New York;
Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

From 14 October to 4 November 2015

Running Time: 2 hours 42 minutes intermission included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
Despite its origins before the Expo on nutrition, this will be remembered as the Falstaff in which it is always time to party and always time to eat: in 2013 it even featured a horse cheerfully munching hay on the stage... Director Robert Carsen has polished up the obese Shakespearian protagonist, in contrast to a world of shabby, bumbling bourgeoisie. His Falstaff is an impoverished aristocrat, who, however, retains some charm in his manner, a man who is perhaps extravagant, but not ridiculous. Daniele Gatti returns to the podium for this spectacle of overwhelming verve, having already conducted it in London. And we will all participate in the joie de vivre expressed by the old Verdi, returning to his youth in the funny and melancholy social comedy written for La Scala at almost eighty years of age, which is also a timeless and highly entertaining acme of the art.

Direction 

Conductor
Daniele Gatti
Staging
Robert Carsen
Sets
Paul Steinberg
Costumes
Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Cast 

Eva Mei
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Eva Liebau
Laura Polverelli
Nicola Alaimo
Massimo Cavalletti
Francesco Demuro
Carlo Bosi
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