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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
Dates/times in Tokyo time zone
Friday 10 February 202319:00
Sunday 12 February 202314:00
Wednesday 15 February 202314:00
Saturday 18 February 202314:00
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)FalstaffLibretto by Arrigo Boito
New National Theatre
Corrado RovarisConductor
Sir Jonathan MillerDirector
Isabella BywaterSet Designer, Costume Designer
Peter PetschnigLighting Designer
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus
Nicola AlaimoBaritoneSir John Falstaff
Jorge EspinoBaritoneFord
Kota MurakamiTenorFenton
Roberta MantegnaSopranoAlice Ford
Rie MiyakeSopranoNannetta
Marianna PizzolatoContraltoMistress Quickly
Shuhei ItogaTenorBardolph (Bardolfo)
Masumi KubotaBassPistol (Pistola)
Hideyuki AochiTenorDr Caius

Falstaff is a comedy written by opera great Giuseppe Verdi near the end of his life, based on Shakespeare's famous plays "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Henry IV". A masterpiece brimming with unrivalled fun and life philosophy, the story centres on the greedy but lovable old knight Falstaff and his interactions with a group of lively, quick-witted women and young couples. Musically, the work was very progressive at that time, with finely crafted pieces full of excitement, including the nonet in Act 1 and Fuga Finale, featuring ten soloists and a chorus. In particular, Falstaff's show-stopping fugue finale 'Tutto nel mundo è burla' is the perfect end to the evening, and has become a regular feature at gala concerts and other events.

This production by Jonathan MILLER is a masterpiece of human insight, based on everyday life depicted in 17th-century Dutch paintings. The meticulous composition and tranquil colours of the stage are like something out of a Vermeer painting. This delightful comedy, full of engagement between the characters depicted, is a true paean to the human condition, to be enjoyed by those who have lived and loved.

An Italian baritone Nicola ALAIMO, well-known for his opera buffa repertoire, takes on the title role in this his much-awaited NNTT debut. The role of Alice is performed by soprano Roberta MANTEGNA, whose outstanding technique and expressiveness have made for accomplished performances across many European theatres. Marianna PIZZOLATO, very popular mezzo-soprano especially for her baroque opera and early music performances, appears as Mrs. Quickly. A passionate Mexican baritone Jorge ESPINO will play the role of Ford, with highly acclaimed bel canto virtuoso Corrado ROVARIS conducting.

* Please note that there might be changes depending on the Covid-19 situation.

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