Greek National Opera to Premiere New ‘Falstaff’ Production

By David Salazar

The Greek National Opera is set to present a new production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” starting on Jan. 26, 2023.

The showcase, which will be directed by Stephen Langridge, will run through Feb. 10 for a total of six performances.

“Our production is set in England in the 1930s. A time between the wars (Falstaff was an old soldier), with a scandalous Prince of Wales (like Hal in Henry IV) who will briefly become King Edward VIII, and a time when the hierarchies are rigid, with social class more respected than money,” said Langridge of his take on the Verdi classic. “‘Falstaff ‘is based on Shakespeare’s only fully English comedy, but the end is pure Verdi / Boito. ‘Tutto nel mondo è burla’ [all the world’s a jest] is their conclusion – and when we look around us at today’s chaotic world we can only agree, and then perhaps head off to the pub for a pint of warm ale and a laugh with Sir John!”

The opera will star Dimitri Platanias in the title role alongside Tassis Christoyannis, Vassilis Kavayas, Nicholas Stefanou, Yannis Kalyvas, Yanni Yannissis, Cecila Costea, Marilena Striftobola, Anna Agathonos, and Chrystanthi Spitadi. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.

The company’s 2023 season will also include productions of “Bluebeard’s Castle” and “Gianni Schicchi.”