Falstaff

by Giuseppe Verdi

Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 8pm

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 3pm

at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

 

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CAST: 

Falstaff: Andrew Stuckey

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Santa Fe Opera
Opera Delaware
Opera New Jersey

 

Ford: Ron Loyd

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Des Moines Metro Opera
Opera Southwest
Pensacola Opera

 

Alice: Kathy Pyeatt

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Asheville Lyric Opera
Florentine Opera
Skylight Opera Theatre

 

Meg: Kate Tombaugh

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Opera Omaha
Santa Fe Opera
Opera Theatre of St. Louis

 

Dame Quickly: Claudia Chapa

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Des Moines Metro Opera
Austin Lyric Opera
Indianapolis Opera

 

Nanetta: Katy Lindhart

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Central City Opera
Dayton Opera
Opera Theatre of St. Louis

 

Fenton: Dustin Peterson

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Wichita Grand Opera
Opera Colorado
Lyric Opera Kansas City

 

Dr. Caius: Zachary Devin

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Hampstead Garden Opera
Royal Academy of Music
Union Avenue Opera

 

Bardolfo: Marc Schapman

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Union Avenue Opera
Winter Opera Saint Louis
Carnegie Hall

 

Pistola: Adam Stefo

 

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Opera Fayetteville
Boston Conservatory
Winter Opera Saint Louis

 

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PRODUCTION STAFF:

 

Stage Director: Dean Anthony

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Shreveport Opera
St. Petersburg Opera
Syracuse Opera

 

Conductor: Steven Jarvi

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Washington National Opera
New York City Opera
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

 

Set Design: Scott Loebl

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Muny

 

Costumes: JC Krajicek

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Mustardseed Theatre
HotCity Theatre

 

Lighting: Sean Savoie

Portland Opera
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Muny

 

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Falstaff

Falstaff

by Giuseppe Verdi

Adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV

Premiered at La Scala on February 9, 1893.

 

Synopsis:

 

ACT I

Sir John Falstaff, the portly rascal of Windsor, sits in the Garter Inn with his “bad companions” Bardolfo and Pistola. When Dr. Caius enters to accuse the three of abusing his home and robbing him, Falstaff dismisses the charges with mock solemnity. He then upbraids his friends for being unable to pay the bill. Seeking to better his fortunes, Falstaff plans to woo wealthy matrons Alice Ford and Meg Page. He produces love letters to both, but his henchmen decide their ethics forbid them to deliver the notes. Falstaff gives them to a page boy instead and lectures his cronies on honor as he chases them from the inn.

Alice and her daughter, Nannetta, talk to Meg and Dame Quickly in the garden. They soon discover that Falstaff has sent identical letters. Outraged, they resolve to punish him. They withdraw as Ford arrives with Caius, Fenton, Bardolfo and Pistola, all warning him about Falstaff’s designs. Briefly alone, Nannetta and Fenton steal kisses until the women return, plotting to send Quickly to Falstaff to arrange a rendezvous with Alice. Nannetta and Fenton are then interrupted by Ford, who also plans to visit Falstaff. As the women reappear, all pledge to take the dastardly knight down a peg or two.
ACT II

At the inn Falstaff accepts Bardolfo and Pistola’s feigned penitence for their mutiny. Soon Dame Quickly arrives to assure the knight that both Alice and Meg return his ardor. Arranging a meeting with Alice, Falstaff rewards Quickly with a pittance and. The next visitor is Ford, disguised as “Master Brook” and pretending an unrequited passion for Alice. Employed to break down the lady’s virtue, Falstaff boasts that he already has set up a tryst and steps out to array himself. Ford, unable to believe his ears, vows to avenge his honor. Regaining his composure when Falstaff returns, they leave arm in arm.

In Ford’s house Quickly tells Alice and Meg about her visit with the knight at the inn. Nannetta does not share in the fun: her father has promised her to Caius. The women reassure her that she will not have to marry the doctor before hiding; except for Alice, who sits strumming a lute as her disruptive suitor arrives. Recalling his days as a slender page, he is cut short when Quickly announces Meg’s imminent approach. Falstaff leaps behind a screen, and Meg sails in to report that Ford is on his way over in a fury. Quickly confirms this and while Ford and his men search the house, Falstaff takes refuge amid the dirty linen in a laundry basket. Slipping behind a screen, Nannetta and Fenton attract attention with the sound of their kissing. While Meg and Quickly muffle Falstaff’s cries for air, Ford sneaks up on the screen, knocks it over and pauses briefly to berate the lovers as the chase continues upstairs. Alice orders servants to heave the basket into the Thames then leads her husband to the window to see Falstaff dumped into the muddy river.

 

ACT III

Falstaff bemoans his misadventure while downing a mug of warm wine. His reflections are halted by Quickly, who insists that Alice still loves him and proves it with a note appointing a midnight rendezvous in Windsor Park. Alice, Ford, Meg, Caius and Fenton sneak in as Falstaff enters the inn with Quickly, who tells him the gory tale of the Black Huntsman’s ghost, often seen in Windsor Park at midnight. Alice and the others take up the story, plotting to frighten Falstaff by dressing up as wood sprites.

In moonlit Windsor Forest, Fenton sings of love and receives a monk’s costume for the masquerade; Nannetta is queen of the fairies, Meg a nymph and Quickly a witch. Everyone takes off as Falstaff lumbers in, got up as a huntsman and wearing antlers. Scarcely has he greeted Alice than Meg warns of approaching demons. As the knight cowers, Nannetta calls the forest creatures to their revels. They torment Falstaff until he begs for mercy. When the conspirators unmask, Sir John takes it like a sport. Ford betroths Caius to the queen of the fairies (now Bardolfo in disguise) and unwittingly blesses Nannetta and Fenton. Ford too has been duped, but he forgives them all and Falstaff leads the company in declaring the world is but a jest.

– adapted from Opera News

 

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Falstaff

Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 8pm

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 3pm

Tickets go on sale August 1st, 2013

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