Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Upcoming Performances

Sunday

Mar 12 at 3 PM

Thursday

Mar 16 at 7:30 PM

Sunday

Mar 19 at 3 PM

Thursday

Mar 23 at 7:30 PM

Wednesday

Mar 29 at 8 PM

Saturday

Apr 1 at 12:30 PM

Overview

Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy features a brilliant ensemble cast in Robert Carsen’s celebrated staging. Baritone Michael Volle sings his first Verdi role at the Met as the caddish knight Falstaff, gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance. Reuniting after their acclaimed turns in the production’s 2019 run are soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford, soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, and mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Mistress Quickly. Soprano Hera Hyesang Park and tenor Bogdan Volkov are the young couple Nannetta and Fenton, and Maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

 

Production gifts of the Betsy and Ed Cohen/Areté Foundation Fund for New Production & Revivals and Harry and Misook Doolittle

Additional funding from The Gilbert S. Kahn & John J. Noffo Kahn Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

Languages

Languages sung in Falstaff

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for Falstaff

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Falstaff

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 36 mins

  • House Opens

  • Acts I & II

    84 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act III

    42 mins

  • Opera Ends

World Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1893. A deeply human comedy full of humor and genuine emotion, Verdi’s last opera is a splendid finale to an unparalleled career in the theater. The story is an amalgamation of scenes from Shakespeare, primarily drawn from the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. It centers on the remarkable personality of Sir John Falstaff, one of literature’s most compelling characters. With a supremely well-crafted score, which has long commanded the respect even of Verdi’s critics, it is an astounding work and among the greatest operatic comedies of all time.

Creators

In a remarkable career spanning six decades, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. Falstaff was his final work for the stage. The remarkable librettist Arrigo Boito (1842–1918) was also a composer (his opera Mefistofele, based on Goethe’s Faust, premiered in 1868), as well as a journalist and critic.

Production

Robert Carsen

Set Designer

Paul Steinberg

Costume Designer

Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Lighting Designers

Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet

Headshot of Giuseppe Verdi

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Setting

The opera is set in and around the town of Windsor, west of London, in the first decades of the 15th century. The current Met production places the action in mid-20th century England, after the Second World War—an era when long-established social norms were rapidly changing and the aristocracy lost much of their wealth and influence.

Music

Falstaff marks a stylistic departure for Verdi and occupies a category of its own, without parallels in the history of the genre. The musical ideas come fast and abundantly, moving from one to the next organically and without discernible breaks. The orchestra carries the story and occasionally makes literal comments on the action. At other times, it represents the overall spirit of the proceedings, such as in the remarkable prelude to Act III, which contains all the sweeping crescendo of a Rossini overture in less than a minute.

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