Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor

David Hermann (stage director), Christian Zacharias (conductor) – Avec Anneke Luyten (Frau Fluth), Sabina Willeit (Frau Reich), Franz Hawlata (Sir John Falstaff)...

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David Hermann — Stage director

Rifail Ajdarpasic — Set designer

Ariane Isabell Unfried — Costume designer

Fabrice Kebour — Lighting

Anneke Luyten — Frau Fluth

Sabina Willeit — Frau Reich

Franz Hawlata — Sir John Falstaff

Werner Van Mechelen — Herr Fluth

Laurent Kubla — Herr Reich

Sophie Junker — Jungfer Anna

Davide Giusti — Fenton

Stefan Cifolelli — Junker Spärlich

Patrick Delcour — Dr Cajus

Sébastien Dutrieux — Le thérapeute

Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

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At the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, stage director David Hermann and music director Christian Zacharias lead a production of Otto Nicolai's 1849 opera The Merry Wives of Windsor, a work that draws its inspiration from William Shakespeare's beloved eponymous play.

Depicting the comedic adventures of an unhappy rascal on a quest for affection and money, Shakespeare’s original pearl of a play caricatures the bourgeois mores of his age. All the essential ingredients for a top-notch comic opera can be found in this hilarious romp of a comedy of errors, qualities Verdi put on full display in Falstaff, his own 1893 adaptation of the tale. But before Verdi’s work came Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, a three-act Singspiel mixing spoken dialogue and musical numbers. By the time he composed the work, Nicolai had already achieved considerable success with Italian operas, but it was this new work in his native German that would become his masterpiece.

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