Arts Centre Melbourne, State TheatreDecember 1 – 11, 2014
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Mon 1.12.14
7:30 PM
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Thu 4.12.14
7:30 PM
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Sat 6.12.14
1:00 PM
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This is an audio described performance for those with vision impairments. Audio-described bookings can only be made through Opera Australia by calling the Box Office in Sydney on 02 9318 8200, Melbourne on 03 9685 3700 or by emailing

Tue 9.12.14
7:30 PM
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Thu 11.12.14
7:30 PM
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Here comes Sir John, wide of girth, broad of humour, and bold in his desires.

Here come some coney-catching rascals, fond of a tankard of beer.

Here come two merry wives with keen wits and cunning plans.

Ad here come the young folk, true of heart and fair of song.

Who will look after this colourful mess of characters? Fear not, they are are in good hands, for Verdi, the master dramatist, will out-Shakesepare Shakespeare in this late, great comedy. Don't forget: he who laughs last, laughs longest.

Verdi wrote Falstaff at the ripe old age of 77, and he brought to it a lifetime of stagecraft and a profound love of Shakespeare. He had already taken inspiration from Macbeth and Otello, and toyed with the idea of creating an opera based on King Lear, but he had never tried Shakespearean comedy. It was to be his final masterpiece.

The jokes fly, the fairies dance and the music captures the emotions that words alone miss.

Enjoy dinner before the performance at Arts Centre Melbourne's Tram Bar

Allow us to make your dinner reservation: 6pm at Arts Centre Melbourne's Tram Bar.

For $55, enjoy a three-course Italian menu including matched wine. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets for Tosca.

Conductor Christian Badea
Director Simon Phillips
Set Designer Iain Aitken
Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Falstaff Warwick Fyfe
Alice Ford Jane Ede
Ford Michael Honeyman
Nanette Taryn Fiebig
Fenton Jonathan Abernethy
Mistress Quickly Dominica Matthews
Meg Page Jacqueline Dark
Dr Caius Graeme Macfarlane
Bardolfo Kanen Breen
Pistola Jud Arthur

Orchestra Victoria

Opera Australia Chorus

Running time: 2 hours & 50 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals

Performed in Italian with English subtitles.

“Warwick Fyfe shines as Falstaff”

Time Out Sydney

“a mellow, fruitful and hugely enjoyable production”


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