Opera Film: FALSTAFF - Hamburg State Opera
Director Calixto Bieitos take on Falstaff is a black comedy that exposes the tragicomic aspect of human existence. He casts the eponymous hero of the piece as a charismatic and perverse pleasure-seeker, a melancholy and corpulent bon vivant, whose provocations hold up a mirror to our society.
Falstaff is Verdis last work for the stage and as such his testament. By the time he composed it he had long since broken free of convention and no longer cared what the world thought of him. Falstaff shows us Verdi the tragedian smiling wisely as he takes his final bow. The opera even ends with the words Tutto nel mondo è burla All the worlds a joke. Yet there is nothing bitter about this message.
The new Hamburg production boasts a world-class cast with Ambrogio Maestri a Falstaff for our times in the title role and Maija Kovalevska as Alice Ford.
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