The comic misadventures of Sir John Falstaff, adapted from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Henry IV" by 'William Shakespeare'. Sir John Falstaff and his rascally friends, Bardolph and ... See full summary »

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Bryn Terfel ...
Barbara Frittoli ...
Alice
Roberto Frontali ...
Désirée Rancatore ...
Kenneth Tarver ...
Bernadette Manca di Nissa ...
Diana Montague ...
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Robin Leggate ...
Peter Hoare ...
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The comic misadventures of Sir John Falstaff, adapted from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Henry IV" by 'William Shakespeare'. Sir John Falstaff and his rascally friends, Bardolph and Pistol, are partying at the Garter Inn in Act I. Jack, of course, can't afford to pay for his food and drink, so he plans to seduce Alice Ford and Meg Page, some wealthy wives of Windsor town. These two ladies meet Alice's daughter Nannetta and Mistress Quickly and discover that they have received identical love letters from him. They decide to teach him a lesson. Ford also learns of Falstaff's plan and plots with young Fenton (who loves Nannetta) to take revenge on Falstaff. Ford speaks to Falstaff disguised as Fontana, saying that he wishes also to seduce Alice but wants Falstaff to corrupt her first. Fat Jack visits Alice, but the tryst turns into chaos when Ford and the other men storm in. Meg hides Jack in a laundry basket. Alice orders the servants to dump the dirty linen, Falstaff included, into... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Bravo
24 February 2003 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully inventive and fresh staging of Verdi's last opera. It is a modern production but the music of the "maestro" is intact. Bryn Terfel. the remarkable Welsh tenor, is a suitably gross, dissolute and absurd Falstaff. He is supported by a fine, fine cast of singers. It's a production full of verve, fun, imagination and great singing.


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