I have the pleasure of playing Sir John himself in UWOpera's production of Verdi's hilarious comedy Falstaff. This opera, sometimes called the most successful adaptation of a Shakespeare play to opera, premiered on February 9, 1893 and is based on the bard's Merry Wives of Windsor, and scenes from Henry IV parts one and two. It is the last opera Verdi wrote and has elements of all his other operatic works rolled into one. You'll hear musical references to Otello, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and others - all with Verdi's tongue placed firmly in his cheek.
There will be six performances:
January 29, 30 at 8pm and 31 at 2pm.
February 5, 6 at 8pm and 7 at 2pm.
Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre website.