Alternate Title Falstaff
Production Language Italian
Country of Origin Italy
Description One of the first operas to be based on a work of Shakespeare, Salieri's comic opera, Falstaff, is also one of his last. A skillful adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Salieri reduces Shakespeare's large cast to more manageable proportions. Laced with razor sharp wit, the play inspired Salieri to write some particularly light and sparkling music. Unjustly portrayed in opera as the villain in Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri, and, more recently, as Mozart's arch-rival in the play and film Amadeus, in truth, Salieri was greatly admired by Mozart and his contemporaries.
Milan's La Società dell'Opera Buffa, under the leadership of noted director-designer Beni Montresor, enjoys a reputation for smart and inventive interpretations of comic opera. Montresor's beautiful set designs shimmer in primary colors, softly accented with glowing light and opulant costumes. This spirited production of Falstaff is performed by a young and energetic cast, and the Orchestra Guido Cantelli is impressive under the direction of Alberto Veronesi. This engagement marks the company's American debut.