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Inaugurations: Venice, Falstaff opens the 2022/23 season of the Teatro La Fenice
Myung-Whun Chung on the podium, directed by Adrian Noble, Nicola Alaimo will be Falstaff
Organized by: La Fenice Theater Foundation

La Fenice Theater Foundation Presents

“ Opera and Ballet Season 2022/23 ”
IS Falstaff, Verdi's last masterpiece, the title chosen by La Fenice Theater in Venice for the inauguration of Opera Season 2022/23.

The only comic opera by the composer (with the exception of the juvenile fiasco Un giorno di regna), Falstaff it's based on Shakespeare, taken especially from comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and from the drama The History of Henry the Fourth; lyrical comedy in three acts, was born from the collaboration with Arrigo Boito, already tested positively by Verdi six years earlier for the libretto of Otello.

The musical direction of the new production is entrusted to the authoritative baton of Myung-Whun Chung, in continuity with the other Verdi titles presented in recent seasons. The direction is handled by the British director Adrian Noble, acclaimed interpreter of Shakespearean play; the set designer in his team Dick Bird, the costume designer Clancy and the light designers Jean Kalman is Fabio Barettin.

Protagonists on stage, Nicola Alaimo in the role of Sir John Falstaff, of which he is acclaimed interpreter on the major international stages, René Barbera in Fenton's side, Vladimir Stoyanov in Ford's Selene Zanetti as Alice Ford. Sara Mingardo will play Mrs. Quickly, Veronica Simeoni, Mrs Meg Page, Caterina Sala it will be Nannetta; complete the cast Christian Collia, Dr. Cajus, Cristiano Olivieri, Bardolph, Francesco Milanese, Pistol. Choir Master is Alfonso Caiani.

Five performances of Falstaff, staged on 18, 20, 22, 24 and 26 November 2022. There before on Friday 18 November 2022 will be broadcast in live radio on Rai Radio3.


(Photo credit © Michele Crosera)  
Inaugurations: Venice, Falstaff opens the 2022/23 season of the Teatro La Fenice

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Ultimate masterpiece by greens and third of his Shakespearean works, Falstaff represents a unique in his production: after setting dozens of tragedies to music, Verdi closes the parable with acomic opera, the only one written by him (with the exception of the juvenile fiasco of A day of reign). In a letter at the end of 1890 Verdi wrote: "I have wanted to write a comic opera for forty years, and I have known The merry wives of Windsor; well… the usual buts, who are everywhere, always opposed making this wish of mine satisfied. Now Boito has dissolved all the buts, and made me a lyrical comedy that is like no other. I enjoy making music from it […] The opera is completely comical!”.

The final fugue proclaims that «everything in the world is a joke», concluding the composer's career on a note as sumptuous as it is disenchanted gaiety. The opera premiered on February 9 1893 at the Ladder of Milan, enjoying triumphant success.

"I set the play in Shakespeare's period, in the sixteenth century, with costumes and scenes from that era - said the director Adrian Noble –. I made this choice because the age of Shakespeare is a bridge between the ancient Roman Catholic world and that of the Puritans who would have completely changed the country. Shakespeare is a bridge between two different eras as is Falstaff, a work in which primitive, medieval suggestions converge on the one hand (think of the witchcraft of the last act), on the other some of the elements of the Puritan culture, the prototype of which is perfectly represented by Ford who with his money and his possessions wants to control his wife and also his daughter's marriage future. This similarity makes me think I made the right directorial choice».

«For me Verdi is a real genius – commented the conductor Myung-Whun Chung –. But among the many wonderful things he has accomplished in his life, two stand out above all the others: first of all, Casa Verdi, the shelter for artists that he strongly wanted, financing it himself and asking all those who loved his music to help him. The second is precisely this Falstaff, because there he shows all his generosity. In Falstaff you don't just laugh: you are touched intimately, and then abandon yourself to a smile, because "everything in the world is a joke". Great artists often launch messages: just think of Beethoven's Ninth, which first of all expresses the concept that everyone must be brothers. And also in Falstaff the reference is to all humanity, including all of us. I repeat, together with the retirement home, Giuseppe Verdi reaches the maximum level of humanity with this opera».



Sir John Falstaff Nicola Alaimo
Ford Vladimir Stoyanov
Fenton René Barbera
Dr. Cajus Christian Collia
Bardolfo Cristiano Olivieri
Pistol Francesco Milanese
Mrs Alice Ford Selene Zanetti
Nannetta Caterina Sala
Mrs. Quickly Sara Mingardo
Mrs. Meg Page Veronica Simeoni

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice

director Myung-Whun Chung
choir master Alfonso Caiani
direction Adrian Noble
scenes Dick Bird
costumes Clancy
light designer Jean Kalman is Fabio Barettin
associate director and choreographic movements Joanne Pearce

New staging of the La Fenice Theater Foundation 


music by Giuseppe Verdi 

booklet by Arrigo Boito
from comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and from the drama The History of Henry the Fourth of William Shakespeare

world premiere: Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 9 February 1893


18 November 2022 at 19.00 "before", inauguration of the season
November 20, 2022 at 3.30 pm
22 November 2022 at 7.00pm
24 November 2022 at 19.00
26 November 2022 at 3.30pm

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