Nicholai's magnificent opera comique gives, in its fascinating
credit titles, reluctant acknowledgement to the help of one
William Shakespeare. The result is a remarkable co-operative
effort which involves the viewer in the fun, the jealousies and
lustiness of a golden age of English living.
In no other operatic version, for example, does the leading
soprano sing an aria as she strips to take a bath! And it takes a
strong-willed leading man to keep both countenance and voice while
being stuffed in a washing basket and dumped in a lake! Later, in
fact, Sir John sets the pace for a hundred modern farces by being
dressed up as a woman to escape from amorous entanglement.
The result, as can clearly be seen, is no stuffy, high browed
entertainment but a happy and bawdy musical reconstruction of a
time when love and jealousy were equally abandoned.
A rare opportunity to see and hear the
outstanding Austrian soprano Lucia Popp, in the role of Anna,
shortly after her stage debut..
Sir John Falstaff: Norman Foster
The SoldierMistress PageThe Princess: Mildred Miller
Mistress Ford: Colette Boky
Anna Ford: Lucia Popp
Mr. Page: Igor Gorin
Opening dance sequence choreographed and performed by Rosella
Music performed by:
Score played by: The Zagreb Symphony Orchestra
Director: George Tressler
Produced by: Norman Foster
- 97 minutes
- Certificate U