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Shakespeare’s roguish and loquacious knight, Sir John Falstaff, is the central figure of Verdi’s final opera. The 1893 comedy is the perfect vehicle for Iván Fischer to create one of his ingenious semi-staged spectacles, brilliantly blurring the line between concert and theater: Here, musicians double as fairies, and even the conductor participates in the action. The production, described as “pure joy” (Bachtrack), receives its U.S. premiere.
“The words ‘pure joy’ seem to be the most apt way to describe the experience of this Falstaff, with the Iván Fischer Opera Company (a newly-formed venture of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra) delivering excellent music-making combined with a capable staging in their very first performance of a Verdi opera.”– Bachtrack
Live audio description, designed for guests who are blind or have low vision to fully experience visual elements of the production, is available on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 pm. To reserve receivers, contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.
For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.
August 1–4, 2020 Rose Theater
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor
Nicola Alaimo, Falstaff (MMF debut)
Eva Mei, Alice (MMF debut)
Tassis Christoyannis, Ford
Yvonne Naef, Mistress Quickly (MMF debut)
Laura Polverelli, Meg Page (MMF debut)
Sylvia Schwartz, Nanetta (MMF debut)
Xabier Anduaga, Fenton (MMF debut)
Carlo Bosi, Dr. Caius (MMF debut)
Stuart Patterson, Bardolfo (MMF debut)
Giovanni Battista Parodi, Pistola (MMF debut)
Iván Fischer and Marco Gandini, directors
Andrea Tocchio, scenic design and assistant director
Anna Biagiotti, costume design
Tamás Bányai, lighting design