Commedia lirica in three acts (1893)

Composer Giuseppe Verdi · Libretto by Arrigo Boito after The Merry Wives of Windsor and passages from King Henry IV by William Shakespeare
In Italian with German and English surtitles | New Production

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Michele Mariotti (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Pinchas Steinberg (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
Mateja Koležnik
Set Design
Raimund Orfeo Voigt
Costume Design
Ana Savić-Gecan
Magdalena Reiter
Tamás Bányai
Stellario Fagone
Nikolaus Stenitzer

Sir John Falstaff
Wolfgang Koch
Boris Pinkhasovich
Galeano Salas (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Bogdan Volkov (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
Dr. Cajus
Kevin Conners
Callum Thorpe
Mrs. Alice Ford
Ailyn Pérez (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Olga Bezsmertna (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
Timothy Oliver (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Francesco Castoro (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
Mrs. Quickly
Judit Kutasi (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Okka von der Damerau (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
Elena Tsallagova (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Elsa Benoit (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
Mrs. Meg Page
Daria Proszek (11-26-2020, 11-29-2020, 12-02-2020, 12-05-2020, 12-12-2020), Dorottya Láng (05-16-2021, 05-19-2021, 05-22-2021)
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
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Sir John Falstaff, the enormous, immense Falstaff, as he enthusiastically calls himself, is in dire straits. His belly, his greatest pride, synonymous with his stateliness, requires constant maintenance in the form of an over-abundant supply of food and drinks. His means are therefore exhausted. Coupled with his magnificence as a real man, Falstaff’s cunning will come to his aid, he thinks: He composes identical love letters to Mrs Alice Ford and Mrs Meg Page, to captivate the ladies’ hearts and therewith also capture their husbands’ fortunes. The two “Merry Wives of Windsor” are, however, well able for the pretentious beau, as the (lyrical) comedy shifts into gear. 

Verdi’s last opera was only his second excursion into the comedy genre. Almost fifty years after his early piece, Un giorno di regno, was not a roaring success, he dared approach the Shakespearean material, congenially prepared by his librettist, Arrigo Boito. Falstaff should have spirit, Verdi wrote Boito, and he therefore extended the original, Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, with passages from Henry IV (where Shakespeare had Sir John Falstaff appear for the first time), didn’t scrimp on the literary references and poetic artifices, and invented some of the most wonderful tirades in literary history. Verdi followed the libretto with a detailed, fully composed tour de force full of wit and depth, in which the driving grotesque is set just as unrivalled in music as the lyrical moments are.

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Michele Mariotti wurde in Pesaro geboren und studierte Komposition am dortigen Rossini-Konservatorium. Zusätzlich machte er einen Abschluss als Dirigent an der Accademia Musicale Pescarese. Von 2008 bis 2014 war er Chefdirigent des Orchestra del Teatro Comunale in Bologna, von 2015 bis 2018 war er am Teatro Comunale als Generalmusikdirektor engagiert. Gastengagements führten ihn u. a. an De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, die Metropolitan Opera in New York, das Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London und die Deutsche Oper Berlin sowie zu den Salzburger Festspielen. Er trat mit Orchestern wie dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig und dem Orchestre National de France auf. 2019 dirigierte er u. a. Don Pasquale und La traviata an der Opéra national de Paris, I masnadieri am Teatro alla Scala in Mailand und Semiramide beim Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. An der Bayerischen Staatsoper debütierte er 2017 mit Semiramide. (Stand: 2020)

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