Falstaff
Stavros Niarchos Hall
Falstaff

Opera - Giuseppe Verdi

January & February 2023
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Conductor
Pier Giorgio Morandi

Director
Stephen Langridge

Sets, costumes
George Souglides

Movement director
Dan O’Neill

Lighting
Peter Mumford

Chorus master
Agathangelos Georgakatos

Children’s chorus mistress
Konstantina Pitsiakou

Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Lead cast: Dimitri Platanias, Tassis Christoyannis, Vassilis Kavayas, Cellia Costea, Anna Agathonos, and others

With the Orchestra, Chorus, Children’s Chorus, and Soloists of the Greek National Opera

 

 

Ticket prices: €15, €20, €35, €40, €55, €65, €70, €100
Students, children: €15
Limited visibility seats: €10

Stavros Niarchos Hall

Opera

Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi

Available Dates

  • 26, 29 Jan 2023
  • 01, 04, 07, 10 Feb 2023

Opera • New production

Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera – SNFCC

 

Starts at: 19.30 (Sunday at: 18.30) | clock

Production sponsor

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The GNO presents a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi and directed by the acclaimed director, and Artistic Director of the UK’s renowned Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Stephen Langridge. This production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to enhance the GNO’s artistic outreach.

Verdi surprised everyone with his final opera, Falstaff, as not many believed the then 80-year-old composer had another major work in him (and a comedy at that!) following the huge success of his Otello (1887). And yet Falstaff, first presented at La Scala in Milan on 9 February 1893, proved a brilliant conclusion to his career as an opera composer. Following his adaptation of the plays Macbeth and Othello, Verdi turned to Shakespeare one final time and picked out a comedy: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Central to the action is the washed-up old knight Sir John Falstaff, whose romantic misadventures make him a laughingstock in the provincial society of his small town. In the end, after a series of tragicomic situations have unfolded, all the work’s characters sing the following refrain together: “All the world’s a jest… but whoever laughs last, laughs best.” The opera has justly been called a masterpiece of the genre for its expressive economy and concise form – for its composer’s ability to encapsulate entire characters and situations with a single musical phrase.

Stephen Langridge is returning to the GNO, following his successful staging of Carmen at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, to create this outgoing, light-hearted, and wonderfully entertaining new production. The director notes: “Falstaff is a comedy in the deepest sense – often farcical, but also offering a window into the hearts of the characters. At the centre of it all is Verdi and Shakespeare’s most loveable rogue: Falstaff himself. A liar, a cheat, a trickster; sensuous, vain, old-fashioned… We ought to disapprove, but we adore him in all his flawed humanity. Our production is set in England in the 1930s. A time between the wars (Falstaff was an old soldier), with a scandalous Prince of Wales (like Hal in Henry IV) who will briefly become King Edward VIII, and a time when the hierarchies are rigid, with social class more respected than money. Falstaff is based on Shakespeare’s only fully English comedy, but the end is pure Verdi / Boito. “Tutta nel mondo è burla” [all the world’s a jest] is their conclusion and when we look around us at today’s chaotic world we can only agree, and then perhaps head off to the pub for a pint of warm ale and a laugh with Sir John!