Direction: David McVicar
Stage: Charles Edwards
Light: Paul Keogan
Costumes: Gabrielle Dalton

Following the failure Un giorno di regno, Verdi’s early attempt at operatic comedy, the composer vowed to steer clear of this genre for the rest of his life. And so he did, until, that is, at the end of his long career he wrote his last work of musical theatre: a Falstaff that was also his final attempt at musical comedy. And what a comedy it was! Not since Donizetti’s Don Pasquale 50 years earlier had there been a significant humorous Italian opera: Verdi was therefore virtually breaking new ground, enabling him to reinvent the musical comedy in the process. The result is an opera which describes Falstaff ’s amorous adventures with ambiguous humour and supreme virtuosity, finally arriving at a brilliant conclusion with the final fugue: Tutto nel mondo . burla – all the world is a joke!


Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2
1010 Wien

Tickets & Info

Current Dates

  • Wed. 23 Jan 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Fri. 25 Jan 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 27 Jan 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 30 Jan 2019, 7 p.m.