• Season 2021-2022
  • Opera
  • Opera


  • Opéra de
    • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor
    • Daniele Rustioni
  • Director
    • Barrie Kosky

An opera by Guiseppe Verdi - Director: Barrie Kosky - Conductor: Daniele Rustioni

  • Dates Oct 9 - Oct 23, 2021
  • Rates From 10€ to 110€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 2h 40mn whose 1 intermission(s) during 35 min

In a few words

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Verdi, drawing from two Shakespeare plays, delivers a colourful work with a singular message: the world is a joke and man a fool. Through Barrie Kosky’s staging and its delightful yet melancholy hero, Falstaff aptly mocks our contemporary problems.


Riddled with debt, Falstaff tries to seduce two rich bourgeois women, sending them both the same ridiculously passionate note. When they learn of the deception, they take revenge by inviting him to a fake Witches’ Sabbath that ends in humiliation for him. Falstaff takes refuge in laughter to hide his distress.

A contemporary Falstaff
Falstaff, created in 1893 at La Scala, is Verdi's last Shakespearean hero. The composer had imagined Aida would be his last score, but a meeting with Boito, Shakespeare's Italian translator, convinced him to continue working. Verdi was 80 years old when he tackled this very modern comic masterpiece. Here, with neither prelude nor overture, Verdi plunges straight into the action, using a wide variety of styles and ingenious dramatic devices. While respecting the requirements of theatrical writing, Verdi offers rich vocal lines with refined melodies and dizzying rhythms. From the podium, conductor Daniele Rustioni uses his extensive knowledge of the Italian composer to enhance the lyricism of the score. A real challenge for the performer, the role of Falstaff is one of the highlights of the vocal repertoire. Director Barrie Kosky makes him a seducer, a gourmet and a flirt, a toxic predator, with his own weaknesses, who resonates strongly with today’s audiences.

A comic opera in three acts
Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare

New production
Co-production Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theater, Komische Oper Berlin


En italien sous-titré

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