“Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi
25 January 2019 - 31 January 2019| €125
“Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi on Friday 25 January (gala), Tuesday 29 January, Thursday 31 January, at 8 pm and Sunday 27 January, at 3 pm Opéra de Monte-Carlo – Salle Garnier.
Commedia lirica in three acts
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Arrigo Boito adapted from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV
Creation: Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 9 February 1893
Co-production by Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Opéra-Théâtre de Metz
Following the indescribable triumph of the opening night of Othello, Giuseppe Verdi aspired only to return to his quiet, modest life in Sant’Agata. But a social visit from the shrewd Arrigo Boito changed his mind. Boito suggested an opera based on William Shakespeare’s play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. As his genius librettist had known, Verdi was unable to resist the proposal and began setting the adventures of Sir John Falstaff to music. And it is precisely the deft way that Verdi’s music responds to Boito’s words that makes this such a masterpiece.