“After having relentlessly massacred so many heroes and heroines, I have at last the right to laugh a little," Verdi commented on his comical swan song Falstaff. Chief-conductor Alain Altinoglu explains how the gags are not limited to what is seen on stage. Director Laurent Pelly, meanwhile, mixes bitter and sweet into a well-balanced Verdian cocktail. As if he himself were a bartender in the Osteria della Giarrettiera.
French director Laurent Pelly is celebrated internationally for his dream-like perspective on the bittersweet opera repertoire. With his unique theatrical vision, he has enchanted La Monnaie audiences on multiple occasions : with Don Quichotte (2010), Cendrillon (2011), The Golden Cockerel (2016) and with Don Pasquale (2018). Before tackling Verdi’s swan song Falstaff in December 2020, the director returns to his previous La Monnaie stagings in this video portrait.
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