Get a taste of Verdi’s rambunctious opera Verdi’s Falstaff which opened in Sydney last Friday. Warwick Fyfe sings the bawdy title role with Amelia Farrugia, Jacqueline Dark, Domenica Matthews, Lorina Gore, John Longmuir, Graeme McFarlane and Jud Arthur and Kanen Breen as the twin numbskulls Pistol and Bardolph adding burlesque and slapstick to their hugely demanding vocal performances.
Tracy Grant Lord’s costumes move from fresh apple green through taupes and burnished ambers, ending in the spangled frocks of the final woodland scene, matching the colours of the music as the drama unfolds. Iain Aitken’s set design re-creates Tudor England in a perfect setting for the Elizabethan comedy. Directed by Simon Phillips and conducted by Antony Walker, this is Verdi in a different vein.
On in the Joan Sutherland Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on selected evenings at 7.30, till March 16th with a matinee at 1 pm on Saturday March 9th. Scroll down to see all 10 images.
Images by Branco Gaica, courtesy Opera Australia.