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Falstaff, Verdi's extreme masterpiece, returns to the stage at the Maggio Fiorentino under the direction of Daniele Gatti
On stage Michael Volle in the title role, Markus Werba in that of Ford, Irina Lungu will be Alice Ford; the show resumes the 2021 staging designed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation Presents

“ 85th Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ”
Falstaff, last work of Giuseppe Verdi, go back to May Florentine: the show, scheduled from 16 to 23 June 2023 with four performances, it resumes the staging created in November 2021 and directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with scenes from Julian Crouch and the costumes of Kevin Pollard.

The Chief Conductor of Maggio will take the podium Daniele Cats, which has one of its favorite titles in Falstaff, the true pride of its repertoire.

Starring as Sir John will be Michael Volle, one of the most acclaimed interpreters of the role, Markus Werba plays Ford, Irina Lungu will be Alice Ford, Adriana Di Paola, Mrs Quickly, claudia huckle, Mega Page. They complete the singing company Rosalia Cid, Nannetta, Matthew Swensen, Fenton, Tigran Martirossian, Pistol, Oronzo D'Urso, Bardolfo and Christian Collia, Doctor Cajus. The Coro del Maggio is directed by Lorenzo Fratini; the direction is resumed by Stephanie Grazioli, the lights are signed by Alex Brock, videos from Josh Higgason.

Falstaff, lyrical comedy in three acts on a libretto by Arrigo Boito, closes the extraordinary opera parable of Joseph greens. Composed at the age of eighty (except A day of reign, sensational juvenile fiasco of 1840), is the only comic work and, at the same time, the last opera in Verdi's vast production.

Falstaff was first performed at the Milan staircase the February 9th 1893, under the direction of Edoardo Mascheroni, in the presence of a public photo from great occasions – in the hall sat among others Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Giacosa, Giosuè Carducci, Giovanni Boldini, Letizia Bonaparte.

Success was triumphant, and Verdi had finally realized his long-pursued dream of writing a comic opera. After having transposed the passions and torments of the human soul into music for more than fifty years, the composer from Busseto took leave of the stage and the world with a smile born of profound wisdom, entrusted to the famous final line: "Everything in the world is a joke. Man was born a joker".

(Above, Michael Volle, photocredit © Gisela Schenker; Falstaff in the 2021 staging, photocredit Michele Monasta – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino)


Thanks to the CR Firenze Foundation, the performance of June 23, 2023 is offered to the public with one discount of 50% of the price on tickets for each sector.

The recitation of June 19, 2023 will be broadcast in live on Rai Radio 3
Falstaff, Verdi's extreme masterpiece, returns to the stage at the Maggio Fiorentino under the direction of Daniele Gatti


Concert master and conductor
Daniele Gatti

Direction Sven-Eric Bechtolf
taken from Stephanie Grazioli
Scenes Julian Crouch
Costumes Kevin Pollard
Lights Alex Brok
Video Josh Higgason

Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Choir Master Lorenzo Fratini

Falstaff Michael Volle
Alice Ford Irina Lungu
Mrs. Quickly Adriana Di Paola
Mrs. Meg Page Claudia Huckle
Ford Markus Werba
Nannetta Rosalia Cid
Fenton Matthew Swensen
Pistol Tigran Martirossian
Bardolfo Oronzo D'Urso
Dr. Cajus Christian Collia

Preparation of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Giuseppe Verdi

Lyrical comedy in three acts by Arrigo Boito


June 16, 2023 at 19: first
performances 19 and 21 June at 8pm, 23 June at 6pm

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