Falstaff is almost ready! After a successful series of performances of Hansel and Gretel with Opera at Home, under the wonderful direction of Jose Manuel Gandia and Alexia Mankovskaya, I am now fat , aging and broke. The action is happening around the year 1660 in Holland, and Falstaff will use his knightly name to try to arrange a lover to pay for his huge expenses in the tavern. The adaptation of the Shakespearian tale , was hugely successful and it is one of the last if not the last operas written be Giuseppe Verdi, in the format of Comedy. Actually funny enough, I have researched a lot about these 2 productions ( H&G and Falstaff) and discovered that they were both premiered abroad in Hamburg in 1894 and conducted by Mahler. So, it comes to my attention that even though they are works of completely different styles, they had some thing in them that sparkled the interest of Mahler to present them on the same season.
Well, my Falstaff, with Harrow Opera has a fabulous cast and brings promises of laughs and entertainment.
Victor Sgarbi, Baritone - Living in the UK since 2007