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2001 Sarasota Opera Production

February 10, 13, 18m, 21, March 1, 4m, 9, 16, 22, 25


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Lyric Comedy In Three Acts, Sung In Italian
Text By Arrigo Boito
Based On The Plays The Merry Wives Of Windsor 

And Henry IV, Parts 1 And 2 By William Shakespeare


Victor DeRenzi

Stage Director

Stephanie Sundine

Scenic Designer

David P. Gordon

Costume Designer

Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer

Jeff Davis

Wigs And Make-Up Designer

Elsen Associates

Chorus Master

Roger L. Bingaman

Assistant Conductor

John Di  Costanzo

Surtitle Supplier

Words For Music

Surtitle Translator

Victor DeRenzi


New Production Created By Sarasota Opera





Sir John Falstaff

Todd Thomas

Ford, Alice's husband

Daniel Sutin



Jonathan Boyd


Dr. Caius

Daniel Cafiero


Bardolph, a follower of Falstaff

Simeon Esper*


Pistol, a follower of Falstaff

Bryan Glenn Davis*


Mrs. Alice Ford

Suzanne Balaes


Nannetta, the Fords' daughter

Malinda Haslett

Mrs. Quickly

Ory Brown

Mrs. Meg Page

Lorraine Disimone


* Studio Artist


Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentices






“This production by the Sarasota Opera, blessed with superlative singer-actors, brilliant stage direction, and great sets, bubbled with high spirits throughout its three acts.”
—Florence Fisher, Sarasota Herald-Tribune


“In every way Falstaff was a success. DeRenzi must be complimented for his respect for Verdi score, which sometimes shimmered with chamber music delicacy and other times erupted with an almost Beethovian range of orchestral color.”
—Corinne Dunne, Naples Daily News


“Sarasota Opera’s Falstaff is a triumph of interpretation and performance fully representative of Verdi’s great gifts.”
—Norman Seigerman, The Pelican Press


“Opera lovers, and especially afficionados of the works of Giuseppe Verdi, had discovered the wonders of a superlative performances by young artists in a model, small Sarasota Opera House where viewing and listening are far more pleasurable than in the big barns where our most celebrated companies are forced to perform.”
—Byron Belt, Critic at Large, Newshouse News Service


(Photos: Sarasota Opera)


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