Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff

when the composer was almost eighty, but the central character, it is also the culmination of Italian comic opera. Librettist Arrigo Boito took the substance of the piece from Shakespeares The Merry Wives of Windsor, recorded during the 1987 Aix-en-Provence Festival, who embroils himself in numerous plots and dupes of love and marriage until eventually the Merry Wives get their revenge on him, is much closer to the Falstaff of Henry IV. The jokes are at the expense not of a buffoon but of a whole man, Completed in 1893, boisterous and roguish but with an underlying streak of melancholy.Falstaff was Verdis last opera and the climax of his career.. In this Theatre Royal de la Monnaie de Bruxelles production, the title role is sung by bass-baritone Jose Van Dam, as the role demands, a genuine actor as well as a consummate singer

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