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Premiere

Falstaff

opera (lyric comedy) in three acts, 6 scenes
music by Giuseppe Verdi

Next
performances
25 February, Thu
19:00

Credits

Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare´s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV

Artistic director and conductor: Dmitri Jurowski
Stage director: Vyacheslav Starodubtsev
Lighting: Irina Vtornikova
Set designer, co-director (scenery and costumes): Pyotr Okunev
Video content: Vadim Dulenko
Stage movement: Anna Ryabukhina
Chief chorus master: Vyacheslav Podyelsky
Conductor's assistant: Eldar Nagiev
Chorus master: Sergei Tenitilov
Assistant Stage director: Nikolai Natsybulin

2 hours 40 minutes

one interval

Performed in Italian with Russian subtitles

Opera premiered on 9 February 1893 in Milan, first show at NOVAT on 1 March 2020.

NOVAT presents Verdis last operatic masterpiece comic opera Falstaff. Finally I have a right to laugh a bit after killing so many characters said the composer about this opera. Basing his operas plot on William Shakespeares the Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Verdi in cooperation with librettist Arrigo Boito created an image of a real knight from the XV century. Sir John Falstaff is an experienced swindler, a man of square build, advanced in his years. Hes planning on solving his financial problems using two married women, Alice and Meg. He writes two identical love letters to both of them considering the deal to be almost done. However, his victims are not that stupid: they make sure the letters are the same and decide to teach Falstaff a lesson.

Falstaff is a lyric comedy, its score sparkles with humor, while a dynamic plot and tender love scenes make a perfect representation of Verdis talent. This is a pinnacle of opera genre, the last opera created by Italian best composer at a high ebb. A sophisticated piece of musical drama based on works of greatest Englishman, sir William Shakespeare actually has a lot more in common with the present day, than it may seem at first sight. Our staging represents two different worlds juxtaposed old London treasuring its traditions and a modern, fast moving, artist built British city.

Vyacheslav Starodubtsev, author of artistic concept and Stage Director.