A Conductor's Opera
Verdi's 'Falstaff' at Los Angeles Opera,
reviewed by MARIA NOCKIN
William Shakespeare wrote parts for the jolly rotund knight, Falstaff, in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Parts I and II of Henry IV. Giuseppe Verdi and his librettist, Arrigo Boito, took most of the material for their 1893 opera, Falstaff, from The Merry Wives of Windsor. They were not, however, the first to write an opera about the Englishman. Composer Antonio Salieri's drama giocoso, Falstaff Ossia le Tre Burle ('Falstaff or the Three Jokes') was premiered in 1799 and Carl Otto Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor ('The Merry Wives of Windsor') was first seen in 1849...
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