Jessica Jade Han

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Opera Saratoga: Falstaff



Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito

Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

A man of many appetites, the lecherous Falstaff can’t resist his favorite vices: food, wine, and women - and not necessarily in that order! Suddenly finding himself broke, he hatches a plot to cure his woes - he sends identical love letters to two married women to get his hands on their wealthy husbands’ money. But Falstaff doesn’t bank on getting caught, and with the help of some ‘merry wives’, husbands and supernatural creatures, he gets his due and finds out the joke is on him. Bass-baritone Craig Colclough makes his Opera Saratoga debut with his interpretation of Falstaff, "creating a multi-faceted musical and comical character with an overwhelming sense of fun." - Washington Post


For the opening night of Falstaff in 1893, official ticket prices were thirty times greater than usual! Royalty, aristocracy, critics and leading figures from the arts all over Europe were present. The performance was such a tremendous success that the applause for Verdi and the cast lasted an hour. Falstaff was Verdi’s final opera, and one of only two comedies that he ever wrote. It is widely considered one of the greatest comic operas ever composed.

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