Opera

Verdi's Falstaff

Richard Jones (stage director), Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) – With Christopher Purves (Falstaff), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Holloway (Meg Page)...

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Cast

Richard Jones — Stage director
Ultz — Set designer
Mimi Jordan Sherin — Lighting
Linda Dobell — Movement director
Christopher Purves — Falstaff
Dina Kuznetsova — Alice Ford
Tassis Christoyannis — Ford
Jennifer Holloway — Meg Page
Marie-Nicole Lemieux — Mistress Quickly
Adriana Kucerová — Nannetta
Bülent Bezdüz — Fenton
Peter Hoare — Dr Caius
Alasdair Elliott — Bardolph
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Thomas Blunt — Chorus director

Program notes

Falstaff in Richard Jones' delightful production for the Glyndebourne Festival.

Although it contains elements of tragic heroism, typical of Verdi’s operas, it is comedy that is very much to the fore in Falstaff. No aria di bravura is to be found, as would be the case in Bellini's or Puccini's works. In Falstaff, Verdi uses the music to simply hold the storyline together.

Drawing inspiration from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is a shallow, vain and pitiful character, not a hero. It is the women in the story who are the true heroes. They trick the lustful Fasltaff and Mrs Quickly best expresses the moral of the story: women are cunning as a fox!

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Directed by:
François Roussillon
Venue: Glyndebourne (Lewes, Great Britain)
Production date: 2009
Duration: 2 h 7 min
Production: © ZDF – Glyndebourne Enterprises Ltd – François Roussillon et Associés