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Falstaff, ossia Le tre burle
About the performance

The first performance of Falstaff by Antonio Salieri was held on the 3rd of January 1799 in Vienna. This harmonic work, perfectly musically and dramatically balanced, with its risky (on the edge of impropriety) jokes, which were in no way inferior to Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, had tremendous success. The plot of The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare became an ideal foundation for a classical opera buffa with its traditional disguises and transformations, love affairs and the final repentance of glutton and libertine, Falstaff. (The latter is a tribute to the moral ideals of the time of the Enlightenment, at the end of Shakespeare’s comedy the main character avoids the punishment.) Salieri and his co-author Defranceschi were the first to choose this Shakespearian plot for an opera libretto.

Premiered on March 10, 2022.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Carlo Prospero Defranceschi after William Shakespare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor

Chorus Masters
Alexander Kritsky
Scene:
Chamber Stage
Run time:
3 hours
Language:
Italian
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
A scene from the performance. Vasily Sokolov as Sir John Falstaff.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Anna Semenyuk as Mrs Slender. Alexandra Nanoshkina as Mrs Alice Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Valery Makarov as Mr Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Alexandеr Kolesnikov as Mr Slender.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Valery Makarov as Mr Ford. Vasily Sokolov as Sir John Falstaff.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Alexandra Nanoshkina as Mrs Alice Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Vasily Sokolov as Sir John Falstaff.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Vasily Sokolov as Sir John Falstaff.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Ekaterina Semenova as Betty. Alexei Prokopyev as Bardolph.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

A scene from the performance. Vasily Sokolov as Sir John Falstaff.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Alexei Smirnov as Mr Slender.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Roman Shevchuk as Sir John Falstaff. Kirill Filin as Bardolph.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Vasily Gafner as Mr Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Maria Patrusheva as Mrs Slender. Irina Khruleva as Mrs Alice Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Vasily Gafner as Mr Ford. Alexei Smirnov as Mr Slender.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Maria Patrusheva as Mrs Slender. Irina Khruleva as Mrs Alice Ford. Anna Bauman as Betty.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Irina Khruleva as Mrs Alice Ford. Roman Shevchuk as Sir John Falstaff.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Irina Khruleva as Mrs Alice Ford. Vasily Gafner as Mr Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

A scene from the performance. Vasily Gafner as Mr Ford.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Cast
12 February
2023

Sunday, 14:00

11 February
2023

Saturday, 19:00

10 February
2023

Friday, 19:00

20 November
2022

Sunday, 14:00

19 November
2022

Saturday, 19:00

18 November
2022

Friday, 19:00

10 July
2022

Sunday, 14:00

09 July
2022

Saturday, 19:00

08 July
2022

Friday, 19:00

07 July
2022

Thursday, 19:00

13 March
2022

Sunday, 14:00

12 March
2022

Saturday, 19:00

11 March
2022

Friday, 19:00

10 March
2022

Thursday, 19:00

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Synopsis

ACT I

Sir John Falstaff arrives uninvited to a dinner hosted by the Slender family at their home in Windsor. He is deeply in debt and plans to charm Mrs Slender and Mrs Ford to get to their husbands' wallets.

Schedule and tickets
Date
Tickets
Price
Time
10 February
Friday
0
0
19:00
11 February
Saturday
0
0
19:00
12 February
Sunday
0
0
14:00
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