Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Book and Lyrics by Arrigo Boito. Directed by Simon Phillips. Conducted by Antony Walker. Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. February 15 – March 16, 2013.
When Giuseppe Verdi commenced work on Falstaff, he asked his collaborator Arrigo Boito to squeeze all the juice from the Shakespearean glass and leave none of the pips in it. After more than century it still tastes freshly squeezed and remains an opera that makes you laugh on a regular basis.
The plot is roughly the same as The Merry Wives of Windsor. The central character Sir John Falstaff tries to seduce married ladies, who in turn trick him for his lechery.
He is large and very unattractive, but very happy in his splotched skin.