For most of his career, Giuseppe Verdi, the great master of 19th-century Italian opera, chose historical plays or tragedies for the subject of his operas. But later in life, he finally turned to comedy. “Falstaff” is largely based on Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and Verdi’s mature writing is subtle and sophisticated with a brilliant sense of comedy.
For this showing, New National Theatre Tokyo revives the well-loved production by British director Jonathan Miller. It is an elegant production that also reflects his keen observation of human nature. The work is conducted by the highly respected Italian maestro Carlo Rizzi, with the title role being performed by baritone Roberto De Candia.
More info and tickets at www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english