Verdi’s Falstaff Continues San Diego Opera’s Mainstage Season

Italian baritone Roberto de Candia makes Company debut as Sir John Falstaff

Verdi's Falstaff by San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera’s mainstage season continues on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 with Verdi’s Falstaff. An international cast of opera stars brings the story of Falstaff, Shakespeare’s beloved character from his plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, to life in Verdi’s final opera. Falstaff opens at the San Diego Civic Theatre of Saturday, February 18th, 2017 for four performances. Additional performances are February 21st and 24th at 7pm, and February 26th at 2pm.

Making an important company debut is baritone Roberto de Candia who has sung the role of Falstaff to critical acclaim in Germany and Finland. He is joined by returning soprano Ellie Dehn (last seen as in San Diego as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2015) as Alice Ford. Also in company debuts are baritone Troy Cook as Ford, soprano Maureen McKay as Nannetta, and tenor Jonathon Johnson as Fenton.

Falstaff tells the story of Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor and his comic misadventures when he tries to court two different married women. Falstaff will be performed in Italian with English translations above the stage. This is the third time Falstaff has been performed by the San Diego Opera, with the other performances occurring in 1999 and 1978. Falstaff will have a radio broadcast on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 8pm on KPBS radio and 89.5 FM (97.7 FM Calexico).

Meet the singers, conductor and director of Falstaff  in this informal panel discussion on Thursday, February 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM in the Beverly Sills Salon, Civic Theatre.

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Single tickets start at $37. Subscriptions begin at $111 for a three-opera series. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased by calling (619) 533-7000.

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