For comedy opera at its finest, Falstaff at the Royal Opera House offers the perfect night out. Giuseppe Verdi’s final, and arguably most loved, work tells the story of an elderly, larger than life knight who can’t help chasing after younger ladies.
Following an unfortunate incident in which he finds himself unceremoniously dumped from a laundry basket into the river Thames, comic intrigue becomes the main gist of the plot as Falstaff learns how his misfortune is linked to three women who weren’t happy about his lecherous advances. With the action moved to England of the 1950s, this innovative production draws on the warmth and love of food and comedy that sits at the heart of the opera.
Featuring moments of touching romance and bawdy, infectious comedy, this re-working of Shakespeare’s celebrated creation is as fresh and compelling today as it was when it was created by an elderly Verdi in Milan in 1893.