He’s fat, old, lecherous and broke, yet Falstaff is one of the most endearing characters in literature. William Shakespeare’s aging knight comes to life in this effervescent Verdi gem, as his scheme to get rich by simultaneously wooing two wealthy married women backfires…badly. In a hysterical twist, Falstaff finds himself the victim of his own tomfoolery, and at the mercy of those he tormented. But there are still a few tricks to be played, and the prince of rascality always has the last laugh!
Virginia Opera joins the worldwide celebration of the Verdi Bicentennial with this First of Firsts production staged by internationally acclaimed director Steven Lawless. Conductor Joseph Rescigno returns to the podium after being praised for his “complete command” of The Valkyrie in 2011. Baritone Stephen Powell makes his company and role debut in the title role of our charming, yet devious “hero.”