• Lucie Stern Theatre (map)
  • 1305 Middlefield Road
  • Palo Alto, CA, 94301
  • United States

Singing Fenton in Falstaff (Verdi): May 24, 26m, June 1, 2m

Falstaff was Verdi's last joint project with long-time collaborator Arrigo Boito, who adapted Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor into the libretto, also incorporating several scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2.  The score is like nothing else he wrote. Verdi really captures the essence of Sir John Falstaff's character: a man so essentially full of himself that he manages to take credit even when he is the object of humiliating public ridicule. Verdi relished the opportunity to write a comic opera (only two of his twenty eight operas were comedies), and produced a witty, dynamic and elegant piece like no other in the entire operatic repertoire.

Falstaff - Richard Zeller
Ford - Krassen Karagiozov
Alice - Taylor Haines
Nanetta - Anastasia Malliaras
Meg Page - Veronica Jensen
Mistress Quickly - Patrice Houston
Fenton - Dane Suarez
Dr. Cajus - Michael Mendelsohn
Bardolfo - Michael Orlinsky
Pistola - Kiril Havezov

Conductor - José Luis Moscovich
Director - Ragnar Conde