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Opera “Falstaff”

Opera “Falstaff”

Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera Falstaff was premiered in 1893 at La Scala, Milan. The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. The plot scoffs at vices of men and the flaws of society. The opera revolves around eternal issues such as immoral desire, namely around a man’s attempt to seduce other man’s wife while she comes up with a plan to give him a lesson. In the second half of the 16th c. the repertory of travelling theatre troupes was dominated by Moralité (Morality) genre – the didactic secular sermons meant to show the result of unsuitable behaviour. Shakespeare borrowed from the Moralité tradition the combination of folk wisdom and the humour, which ignores the upper hand. At the age of 80 Verdi, an illustrious Italian opera composer, admitted that he had been toying with the idea of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and was planning to write a comic opera for several decades. To this day, the world’s opera houses are fond not only of Verdi’s dramatic masterpieces, but also rejoice in his melodious and witty last opus.

Partner: Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society
Filmed on April 11, 2018 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall
Duration: 123 minutes

Authors / performers

Conductor: Martynas Staškus
Stage director: Jūratė Sodytė
Concertmasters: Olga Eleonora Taškinaitė, Justas Čeponis
Set and costume designers: Guoda Korsakaitė, Marina Jasinskaja
Lighting designer: Giedrius Gurevičius

Falstaff – Ignas Melnikas (baritone)
Ford – Arminas Skirvainis (baritone)
Alice Ford – Gabrielė Kupšytė (soprano)
Nannetta – Lubov Skrebets (soprano)
Meg Page – Aurelija Stasiulytė (mezzo-soprano)
Mistress Quickly – Anastasia Lebedyantseva (mezzo-soprano)
Fenton – Juozas Janužas (tenor)
Dr. Caius – Edgaras Davidovičius (tenor)
Bardolfo – Dainius Viešūnas (tenor)
Pistola – Paulius Prasauskas (bass)
Servant – Gediminas Paulauskas

LMTA Symphony Orchestra (principal conductor Martynas Staškus)
LMTA Mixed Choir (leaders: prof. Dainius Puišys, assoc. prof. Gintautas Venislovas, prof. Jurijus Kalcas)


Italian opera in three acts (with Lithuanian subtitles)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto author: Arrigo Boito