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 Program

“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



  • Large-print programs
    Large-print programs
  • Braille programs
    Braille programs
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating
    Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Assistive listening devices
    Assistive listening devices
  • Audio description
    Audio description

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 questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.



(U.S. production premiere)

August 1–4, 2020 Rose Theater

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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

Performance Details

  • Two hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission

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