Opera

Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Text William Shakespeare

Friday 21. June 2024 19:00 – 21:45 One intermission Main Stage
Area 1 220 €
Area 1

220 €

Area 2 175 €
Area 2

175 €

Area 3 140 €
Area 3

140 €

Area 4 100 €
Area 4

100 €

Area 5 76 €
Area 5

76 €

Area 6 52 €
Area 6

52 €

Area 7 36 €
Area 7

36 €

Area 8 25 €
Area 8

25 €

Area 9 15 €
Area 9

15 €

Standing room
Standing room

Subscription 5

Ticket information

Season 2023/2024

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

15. September 2023: DAPHNE
13. October 2023: IL TRITTICO
01. December 2023: DON PASQUALE
24. May 2024: IM SIEBTEN HIMMEL
21. June 2024: FALSTAFF

 

Season 2024/2025

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

18. October 2024: COSÌ FAN TUTTE
17. January 2025: TURANDOT
21. March 2025: L’ELISIR D’AMORE
11. April 2025: BALLET: PATHÉTIQUE
23. May 2025: NORMA


Cast at
21. June 2024

Regie und Licht

Marco Arturo Marelli

Bühne

Marco Arturo Marelli

Kostüme

Dagmar Niefind

3 more dates

Falstaff

Cast at Tuesday 25. June 2024

Regie und Licht

Marco Arturo Marelli

Bühne

Marco Arturo Marelli

Kostüme

Dagmar Niefind
Area 1 220 €
Area 1

220 €

Area 2 175 €
Area 2

175 €

Area 3 140 €
Area 3

140 €

Area 4 100 €
Area 4

100 €

Area 5 76 €
Area 5

76 €

Area 6 52 €
Area 6

52 €

Area 7 36 €
Area 7

36 €

Area 8 25 €
Area 8

25 €

Area 9 15 €
Area 9

15 €

Standing room
Standing room

Included in: Subscription 1
Subscription 1

Season 2023/2024

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:
 

17. Oktober 2023: DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
02. Jänner 2024: SHIFTING SYMMETRIES
05. März 2024: ANIMAL FARM
30. April 2024: L’ELISIR D’AMORE
25. Juni 2024: FALSTAFF

 

Season 2024/2025

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:
 

10. September 2024: CARMEN
08. October 2024: BALLET: SCHWANENSEE
28. January 2025: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
27. May 2025: IL TROVATORE
17. June 2025: DER ROSENKAVALIER
 

Falstaff

Cast at Thursday 27. June 2024

Regie und Licht

Marco Arturo Marelli

Bühne

Marco Arturo Marelli

Kostüme

Dagmar Niefind
Area 1 220 €
Area 1

220 €

Area 2 175 €
Area 2

175 €

Area 3 140 €
Area 3

140 €

Area 4 100 €
Area 4

100 €

Area 5 76 €
Area 5

76 €

Area 6 52 €
Area 6

52 €

Area 7 36 €
Area 7

36 €

Area 8 25 €
Area 8

25 €

Area 9 15 €
Area 9

15 €

Standing room
Standing room

U27   Included in: Subscription 17
Subscription 17

Season 2023/2024

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

14. September 2023: DON QUIXOTE
09. November 2023: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
14. December 2023: ELEKTRA
07. March 2024: ANIMAL FARM
27. June 2024: FALSTAFF

 

Season 2024/2025

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

19. September 2024: BALLET: SCHWANENSEE
05. December 2024: PALESTRINA
30. January 2025: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
06. March 2025: NORMA
03. April 2025: COSÌ FAN TUTTE

Falstaff

Cast at Sunday 30. June 2024

Regie und Licht

Marco Arturo Marelli

Bühne

Marco Arturo Marelli

Kostüme

Dagmar Niefind
Area 1 220 €
Area 1

220 €

Area 2 175 €
Area 2

175 €

Area 3 140 €
Area 3

140 €

Area 4 100 €
Area 4

100 €

Area 5 76 €
Area 5

76 €

Area 6 52 €
Area 6

52 €

Area 7 36 €
Area 7

36 €

Area 8 25 €
Area 8

25 €

Area 9 15 €
Area 9

15 €

Standing room
Standing room

BT-Card   Included in: Subscription 22
Subscription 22

Season 2023/2024

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

24. September 2023: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
19. November 2023: LE GRAND MACABRE
14. January 2024: DON GIOVANNI
18. February 2024: DON QUIXOTE
30. June 2024: FALSTAFF

 

Season 2024/2025

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

15. September 2024: LA TRAVIATA
03. November 2024: BILLY BUDD
15. December 2024: PALESTRINA
09. Febuary 2025: TOSCA
02. March 2025: BALLET: DIE KAMELIENDAME

About the Production

Short Synopsis

The somewhat down-and-out knight Falstaff, who is blessed with self-confidence, makes his way in life as a man of action

and searches for money and amorous adventures. He may not be successful, but Falstaff always wins the hearts of the audience. Conclusion of the cheerfully witty opera: "Everything is fun on earth!"

Falstaff

Storyline

Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight residing at the Inn of the Garter, has run out of money to pay his bill.

Convinced of his attraction to the female sex, he wants to combine the pleasant with the useful. He writes two love letters with the same content to Alice Ford and Meg Page, two wealthy bourgeois wives, and asks them out on a date. Together they hatch a plan to make a fool of Falstaff. Mrs. Quickly is sent as a love messenger to invite him to Ford's house between two and three o'clock, as the jealous landlord is not at home. Falstaff accepts the invitation. Shortly afterwards, Ford pays him his respects.

He pretends to be Signor Fontana and is in love with Alice, but she does not hear him. Having heard of Falstaff's seductive skills, he asks him to do the amorous groundwork in return for payment. Falstaff boastfully tells him that he will hold Alice in his arms today. Ford believes he has been betrayed by Alice and storms his house between two and three o'clock, where Falstaff has already arrived for a rendezvous with Alice. The women just manage to hide him in a laundry basket. Amid laughter, Falstaff is emptied into the Thames.

Once again, Falstaff is persuaded to go on a rendezvous:

As the Black Knight, he is to appear in Windsor Park at night with antlers on his head. There, however, the citizens dressed as elves and goblins attack him and give him a hard time. But Ford's plan to marry the eccentric physician Dr. Cajus to his daughter Nannetta, who loves poor Fenton, also fails. In the general confusion, the right couple find each other. Falstaff asks who is the deceived one. They come to an agreement: all is fun on earth.

Act 1 & 2 75 MIN
Intermission 25 min
Act 3 50 min

Marelli's Flastaff is an example of the visual form of an inner dramaturgy developed from the music. The tilting slant dominating the stage space, which allows a rapid transformation of the scenery - from the gray bourgeois world to the space of the run-down outsider and back - makes it possible to depict two spaces that are dependent on each other like the two sides of a coin. This realization, with its extremely fast, abrupt transformation, seems to be taken directly from the score, which has no flowing transitions and therefore requires hard cuts.

"Falstaff is certainly not the transfiguring legacy of an old, possibly embittered old man, no, it is an infinitely fresh work of new beginnings. With this comedy, Verdi subjects his work to a radical rejuvenation; it is basically a departure into tomorrow. With a huge leap, Verdi overcomes an entire musical epoch - that of verismo - and creates an anti-illusionist language, a piece full of subtle charisma. Not a single note is superfluous in this opera!" (Marco Arturo Marelli)

With Falstaff , Giuseppe Verdi once again tried his hand at the genre of light-hearted opera, a genre he had not touched since his failure with Un Giorno di Regno some 50 years earlier. Together with his librettist Arrigo Boito, he succeeded in creating a new form of musical comedy which, although it drew on tradition in many respects - such as the types of characters - took a completely different path: a work free of convention, incredibly subtle in its structure and its (also musical) cross-connections, far removed from crude laughter theater.

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Cloakroom

The cloakrooms are located next the the entrances at the Operngasse. You can find additional cloakrooms on the left and right side of the balcony and the gallery and in the boxes. All cloakrooms are free of charge.

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Entry to the auditorium is not allowed after the performance has started. This also applied after the break.

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