Falstaff

 

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

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Conductor

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

 

 

Cast

 

Sir John Falstaff

Todd Thomas


Ford, Alice's husband

Daniel Sutin

 

Fenton

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

 

 

Reviews

 

 

“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)