• Edinburgh International Festival

Giuseppe Verdis operatic comedy Falstaff receives a brand-new staging by Sir David McVicar, conducted by Stuart Stratford.

Incorrigible rake, freeloader, past-it playboy " Sir John Falstaff needs a ruse so that he can continue his life of excess. He decides to try his luck with two of Windsors upstanding married women, writing them identical love letters in the hope of seducing them " and of bagging some cash from their rich husbands. But sly Alice Ford and shrewd Meg Page quickly spot his scheme and resolve to teach the drunken rogue a lesson he wont quickly forget.

Adapted from Shakespeares The Merry Wives of Windsor, Verdis final opera Falstaff is a fast-paced, life-affirming comedy; a boisterous send-up of larger-than-life excess, but also an affectionate celebration of the irrepressibility of the human spirit.

Scottish Opera returns to the International Festival with a new production by Glasgow-born director Sir David McVicar, specially adapted from the outdoor presentation. His new staging gets to the bones of Falstaff, balancing the laugh-out-loud moments with a poignant tale of a childlike man who has outlived his own time " full of experience and regret, but ultimately a glorious celebration of life itself.

Written when the composer was nearing 80, Falstaff is Verdis big belly laugh of a sign-off to the operatic world, with a quicksilver score that bubbles with wit and revelry " a riotous comedy thats as wise as it is witty.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown

Scottish Opera

A new co-production with Santa Fe Opera

Stuart Stratford Conductor

Sir David McVicar Director & Designer

Lizzie Powell Lighting Designer

Andrew George Choreographer

Hannah Postlethwaite Assistant Set Designer

Lorna Price Associate Costume Designer

Amanda Holden Translation

Cast includes

Roland Wood Sir John Falstaff

Elgan Llr Thomas Fenton

Phillip Rhodes Ford/ Mr Brook

Aled Hall Dr Caius

Jamie MacDougall Bardolph

Alastair Miles Pistol

Elizabeth Llewellyn Alice Ford

Gemma Summerfield Nanetta

Sioned Gwen Davies Meg Page

Louise Winter Mistress Quickly

Lauren Ellis"Steele, Jamie Francis, Caleb Hughes, Josh Kiernan, Allan Othieno and Sally Swanson Actors

Verdi Falstaff

Sung in English with English supertitles

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