About the production
Based on Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Falstaff is a quite remarkable opera. Verdi's last opera, written in his late old age, is stunning for its freshness, incredible vigour and for being quite unlike any other of his operas. Verdi insisted that he was writing for his own amusement 'merely to pass a few hours of the day'. Perhaps without the pressure of an imminent public debut Verdi felt a sense of freedom not previously enjoyed. Whatever the reason, the outcome is an impetuous stream of new ideas where all the participants play a vital role serving the headlong dramatic rush of the work as whole.
As an opera Falstaff has everything... humour, nostalgia, romance, passion , pathos... the one thing it lacks is a big part for a chorus which makes it an ideal if challenging choice for Bath Opera’s touring format which has proved so successful in recent years.
Edward Harper as Sir John Falstaff (2008)
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 June 2008
Performances at Crowe Hall, Bath for The Widcombe Association.
Friday 4 July 2008
Performance at the Rondo Theatre as part of Bath Opera's three night summer season.
Friday 21 November 2008
Performance at the University of Bath.
Friday 5 December 2008
Performance at Rook Lane Arts Centre, Frome.
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