Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

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Event Dates
Thursday / March 30, 2017 / 8:00 pm
Friday / March 31, 2017 / 8:00 pm
Saturday / April 1, 2017 / 8:00 pm
Sunday / April 2, 2017 / 2:00 pm
Venue
Boston Conservatory Theater
31 Hemenway Street, Floor 2
Boston
MA
02115
United States

Written in 1841, Nicolai’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor was an important contribution to early German romantic opera. Merry wives Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page teach the lecherous knight, Sir John Falstaff, a much-deserved lesson after they each receive identical letters from him proposing illicit affairs. While the ladies scramble to trap Falstaff and prove their fidelity to their jealous husbands, the Page’s daughter Anne tries to thwart her parents’ plans to marry her off to rich, ridiculous suitors, rather than her beloved, Fenton. Finally, the entire community comes together to scare Falstaff straight during a midnight rendezvous in Windsor Woods. Sparkling orchestration, soaring arias, delightful characters, and hilarious situations abound in this charming opera.

Sung in German with English supertitles.

Music by Otto Nicolai
Libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal
Conducted by Andrew Altenbach
Directed by Johnathon Pape