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With drink after drink, the knight Falstaff buries himself in greater and greater debt. But he’s already cooked up a plan to weasel his way out of poverty. After all, how hard could it be to seduce England’s wealthiest housewives? He’s about to find out.
The women turn the tables in Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff. Adapted from Shakespeare’s beloved comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and parts of Henry IV, this masterful ensemble comedy stars Welsh opera icon Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role.
Director Olivier Tambosi and conductor Nicola Luisotti bring together an irresistible cast the San Francisco Chronicle hails as a “delight.” Sopranos Ainhoa Arteta and Heidi Stober lead the charge as the women plotting to bring their men to heel, along with contralto Meredith Arwady in a “standout” performance.
See Falstaff when it streams all weekend long, starting Saturday, February 27, at 10am Pacific. Directed for the stage by Olivier Tambosi and for the screen by Frank Zamacona.
Join Tad and Dianne Taube General Director Matthew Shilvock for a conversation on Zoom with Sir Bryn Terfel to discuss Terfel’s performance as the mischievous Falstaff.
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