Verdi’s last opera is a comedic and life-enhancing celebration of love, laughter and joie-de-vivre. The portly old lecher tries to win the affections of three buxom ladies who all triumphantly outwit him and have lot of fun in the process.
Verdi always had a copy of Shakespeare in Italian next to his bed. He wrote this infectious quicksilver score, setting text from The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 in a remarkable late-flowering Indian summer comedy. He was 79 when it premiered.
The Grange Festival is proud to announce with this new production the arrival to opera of Royal Shakespeare Company and West End director Christopher Luscombe and the welcome return of conductor Francesco Cilluffo whose Verdi Requiem on the Grange stage in 2017 still remains powerfully in our memories.
With many well-known names as well as brilliant young artists in the cast, this modern opera brings an exciting combination of Verdi and Shakespeare to The Grange.