Opera comica in drei Akten (1799)
Music by Antonio Salieri
Libretto by Carlo Prospero Defranceschi
based on the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597) by William Shakespeare.
Director & Light design Torsten Fischer
In Italian with German surtitles
Production of Theater an der Wien
Premiere 12. 10. 2016
200 years after Shakespeare, 100 years before Verdi, 217 years before today: Salieri's opera Falstaff, ossia Le tre burle to a text by Carlo Prospero De Franceschi and based on Shakespeare's Elizabethan comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor premiered at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna on 3 January 1799. Antonio Salieri, born in 1750 in Legnano near Verona, moved to Vienna as a young conductor where he quickly became a protégé of Christoph Willibald Gluck. Barely over the age of twenty, Salieri managed to establish himself at the Vienna court as a successful composer of opera. By composing in various genres of theatrical music he quickly acquired the ability to express himself more trenchantly and directly than almost any other Italian composer of his day.
As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.