Giuseppe Verdi would have been 200 years old this year. Unfortunately even supreme talent does not make one immortal. In celebration of the great Italian composer L’Opera de Montreal is presenting his last opera written while the master was in his 80s.
The lyrical comedy was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor with little dabs of Henry V added for good measure. Verdi touched up the lyrics and wrote music for it and it premiered at La Scala in 1893 to rave reviews. Though Verdi wasn’t known for his comedies (only one of his twenty-eight other operas is a comedy) this is a strong one. Mostly due to the great musical arrangements and refined melodies it has become a standard part of most companies’ repertoires.
The story goes like this. Occurring during the reign of Henry V, the plump Sir John Falstaff believes himself to be something of a Casanova. With this kind of attitude he sends out a letter to several different married women attempting to seduce them. The women, realizing what he is all about, decide to get their revenge on the older man. It is going to be a tough lesson learned for Falstaff.
-Dates: November 9, 12, 14 & 16, 2013
-Venue: Salle Wilfrid Pelletier – Place des Arts
-Ticket Purchase: www.operademontreal.laplacedesarts.com
-Ticket Prices: $21.40, $51.59, $77.45, $108.41, $135.77 (plus taxes)
-Show Time: 7:30 p.m.