Verdi, drawing from two Shakespeare plays, delivers a colourful work with a singular message: the world is a joke and man a fool. Through Barrie Kosky’s staging and its delightful yet melancholy hero, Falstaff aptly mocks our contemporary problems.

Last updated date : 05/10/2021
Saturday 9 October 2021. Monday 11 October 2021. Wednesday 13 October 2021. Friday 15 October 2021. Sunday 17 October 2021. Tuesday 19 October 2021. Thursday 21 October 2021. Saturday 23 October 2021.
The Lyon Opera House Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

Riddled with debt, Falstaff tries to seduce two rich bourgeois women, sending them both the same ridiculously passionate note. When they learn of the deception, they take revenge by inviting him to a fake Witches’ Sabbath that ends in humiliation for him. Falstaff takes refuge in laughter to hide his distress.

A contemporary Falstaff
Falstaff, created in 1893 at La Scala, is Verdi's last Shakespearean hero. The composer had imagined Aida would be his last score, but a meeting with Boito, Shakespeare's Italian translator, convinced him to continue working. Verdi was 80 years old when he tackled this very modern comic masterpiece. Here, with neither prelude nor overture, Verdi plunges straight into the action, using a wide variety of styles and ingenious dramatic devices. While respecting the requirements of theatrical writing, Verdi offers rich vocal lines with refined melodies and dizzying rhythms. From the podium, conductor Daniele Rustioni uses his extensive knowledge of the Italian composer to enhance the lyricism of the score. A real challenge for the performer, the role of Falstaff is one of the highlights of the vocal repertoire. Director Barrie Kosky makes him a seducer, a gourmet and a flirt, a toxic predator, with his own weaknesses, who resonates strongly with today’s audiences.

An opera by Guiseppe Verdi
Director: Barrie Kosky
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Orchestre et Chœurs de l'Opéra de Lyon

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Openings
  • Saturday 9 October 2021.

    Monday 11 October 2021.

    Wednesday 13 October 2021.

    Friday 15 October 2021.

    Sunday 17 October 2021.

    Tuesday 19 October 2021.

    Thursday 21 October 2021.

    Saturday 23 October 2021.
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