falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 26 October to 16 November 2017

Photo © Roman Signer

Falstaff

Opera in three acts

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Arrigo Boito

After William Shakespeare
In Italian

Conductor
Fabio Luisi
Director
Dominique Pitoiset
Sir John Falstaff
Bryn Terfel
Ford
Franco Vassallo
Fenton
Francesco Demuro
Dottore Cajus
Graham Clark
Bardolfo
Rodolphe Briand
Pistola
Thomas Dear
Mrs Alice Ford
Aleksandra Kurzak
Nannetta
Julie Fuchs
Mrs Quickly
Varduhi Abrahamyan
Daniela Barcellona
Nadine Weissmann
Mrs Meg Page
Julie Pasturaud
Set design
Alexandre Beliaev
Costume design
Elena Rivkina
Lighting design
Philippe Albaric, adaptées par Christophe Pitoiset
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
French and English surtitles

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All the world's a farce and man is born a fool.

- Choeur, Acte III, scène finale

There is no work to compare with Falstaff. In his last opera, Giuseppe Verdi, then aged eighty-four, delivered, from behind the mask of his buffoon-like rascal of a hero, the testimony of a life approaching its end and whose moral, like that of the opera, would be: life is but a joke. This indefinable comedy, tinged with pessimism, defies all the conventions of 19th century Italian opera and testifies to Verdi’s passion for the theatre. Dominique Pitoiset’s witty, humorous production brings these eccentric characters to life and their sparkling interplay maintains a perfect balance between fantasy and reality, the very essence of the work.

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