IE Humanities Month: FALSTAFF, Discovering Opera, general rehearsal at Teatro Real, hosted by IE Foundation

by IE Campus Life

Special Events Art and Culture Opera

Sun, 21 Apr 2019

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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Teatro Real, plaza de Isabel




IE Foundation hosts this unique oportunity to assist to the preview and general rehearsal of Falstaff, the new Teatro Real opera production which will open to the public on 23rd April.
Three of the greatest operas of Giuseppe Verdi were inspired by the admiration he felt towards the genius of William Shakespeare: Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff, his final opera and second comedy. It is an ideal work, teaching us to take life lightly and laugh at ourselves, and it comes to the Teatro Real in a new production by the talented master in humor, Laurent Pelly. His most recent productions on this stage have been: La Fille du régiment, Hänsel und Gretel and The Golden Cockerel. Daniele Rustioni conducts two markedly Spanish casts, together with the house Chorus and Orchestra.We must thank Arrigo Boito, friend, confident and librettist of Giuseppe Verdi, for a multitude of things, among which was his being able to persuade the composer to initiate, at 75 year of age, the creation of a new opera. With Falstaff, Verdi finally found the perfect material to construct what would not only be his last lyric creation, but also the last of the great Italian comic operas. Verdi launched himself into the composition with the ease and nonchalance of his youth, as though the comedy had liberated him from the aesthetic crisis of the opera at the end of the XIX century and had permitted him to write for the simple pleasure of doing so. 

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