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The merry wives of Windsor unite in mischief-making when an ignoble nobleman plots to plunder their savings in this inventive creation capping Verdi’s career. A true ensemble tour-de-force, Falstaff  improves upon the original Merry Wives script, keeping the sweet young lovers subplot and adding the knight’s most pithy observations from Henry IV for good measure. Equal parts orchestral virtuosity and riotously paced comedy, the opera is a perfect fusion of renaissance realism and light-hearted fantasy.

In Italian with English Captions
Approximate Running Time:
3 hours, with 2 intermissions
at McCaw Hall

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Insight to Falstaff by General Director Speight Jenkins. Hear more audio clips by launching the Seattle Opera Audio Player.



Falstaff Trailer

Pranks, disguises, and good laughs abound in the latest production to take the stage. See for yourself in this new trailer as you preview the new sets, new costumes, and fabulous voices. But don't worry, we won't give away ALL the jokes.


Stephanie Blythe

One of the world's finest mezzo-sopranos today, Stephanie Blythe will shine as Dame Quickly in every performance of Falstaff. Listen to Blythe discussing the role and why Falstaff is one of her favorite works.


Director's Talk

Stage Director Peter Kazaras says Falstaff is a "celebration of theater." Watch Kazaras in action in exclusive rehearsal footage and hear him as he gushes about both all-star casts.


Speight's Corner

General Director Speight Jenkins joins Peter Kazaras to discuss Falstaff.

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