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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.
|Set Designer||Iain Aitken|
|Costume Designer||Tracy Grant Lord|
|Lighting Designer||Nick Schlieper|
|Alice Ford||Jane Ede|
|Mistress Quickly||Dominica Matthews|
|Meg Page||Jacqueline Dark|
|Dr Caius||Graeme Macfarlane|
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”