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Three of the greatest operas of Giuseppe Verdi were inspired by the admiration he felt towards the genius of William Shakespeare: Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff, his final opera and second comedy. It is an ideal work, teaching us to take life lightly and laugh at ourselves, and it comes to the Teatro Real in a new production by the talented master in humor, Laurent Pelly. His most recent productions on this stage have been: La Fille du régiment, Hänsel und Gretel and The Golden Cockerel. Daniele Rustioni conducts two markedly Spanish casts, together with the house Chorus and Orchestra.

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Commedia lirica in three acts

Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Arrigo Boito, based upon the plays Henry IV (1597) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (1601) by William Shakespeare
Premiered at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan on 9 February 1893
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 10 February 1894
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie de Bruselas, the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Tokyo Nikikai Opera

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Starting Point

We must thank Arrigo Boito, friend, confident and librettist of Giuseppe Verdi, for a multitude of things, among which was his being able to persuade the composer to initiate, at 75 year of age, the creation of a new opera. With Falstaff, Verdi finally found the perfect material to construct what would not only be his last lyric creation, but also the last of the great Italian comic operas. Verdi launched himself into the composition with the ease and nonchalance of his youth, as though the comedy had liberated him from the aesthetic crisis of the opera at the end of the XIX century and had permitted him to write for the simple pleasure of doing so.

This explains how he injected musical life into a character determined to seduce two married women so that he could keep their husbands’ fortune. He was a man as stripped of any moral sentiment as he was captivating; a witty old man, having already navigated all the storms of a lifetime, he smiles with sarcasm and wisdom. Falstaff ends up being an opera that –when all is said and done- encourages us to laugh at life and at ourselves, raising an ode to hope and tolerance.

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Daniele Rustioni
  • Stage Director and Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
  • Set designer: Barbara de Limburg
  • Lighting designer: Joël Adam
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Sir John Falstaff: Roberto de Candia
    Misha Kiria
  • Fenton: Joel Prieto (Apr. 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 · May. 2, 8)
    Albert Casals (Apr. 24 · May. 1, 6, 7)
  • Dr. Caius: Christophe Mortagne
  • Bardolfo: Mikeldi Atxalandabaso
  • Pistola: Valeriano Lanchas
  • Mrs. Alice Ford: Rebecca Evans (Apr. 23, 25, 28, 30 · May. 2, 6, 8)
    Raquel Lojendio (Apr. 24, 27 · May. 1, 7)
  • Ford: Simone Piazzola (Apr. 23, 25, 28, 30 · May. 2, 6, 8)
    Àngel Òdena (Apr. 24, 27 · May. 1, 7)
  • Nannetta: Ruth Iniesta (Apr. 23, 25, 28, 30 · May. 2, 6, 8)
    Rocío Pérez (Apr. 24, 27 · May. 1, 7)
  • Mistress Quickly: Daniela Barcellona (Apr. 23, 25, 28, 30 · May. 2, 6, 8)
    Teresa Iervolino (Apr. 24, 27 · May. 1, 7)
  • Mrs. Meg Page: Maite Beaumont (Apr. 23, 25, 28, 30 · May. 2, 6, 8)
    Gemma Coma-Alabert (Apr. 24, 27 · May. 1, 7)

Performance Dates

  • 23 APR (T) 20:00h
    Turn Première
  • 24 APR (W) 20:00h
    Turn Y
  • 25 APR (T) 20:00h
    Turn X
  • 27 APR (S) 20:00h
    Turn G
  • 28 APR (S) 18:00h
    Turn W
  • 30 APR (T) 20:00h
    Turn H
  • 1 MAY (W) 20:00h
    Turn V
  • 2 MAY (T) 20:00h
    Turn B
  • 6 MAY (M) 20:00h
    Turn C
  • 7 MAY (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • 8 MAY (W) 20:00h
    Turn F
  • Place: Main Auditorium