Opera Idaho's 2012-2013 lineup opens after the sweltering summer season with the first of its mainstage operas, Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff. Performances will run Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Egyptian Theatre.
More than 100 years after a hugely successful debut at La Scala in Milan, Italy, the comedic opera centered on the exploits of the fat knight Sir John Falstaff has become a classic. This season, Opera Idaho brings Falstaff to Boise for two nights of 19th century rollicking.
Italian Romantic composer Verdi is known mostly for the iconic sounds of "Va pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from his famous opera Nabucco, in which he tells the Biblical story of the persecution of Jewish faithful by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.
Slightly less well-known is Verdi's three-act comedy Falstaff, which tells adapted stories from William Shakespeare's Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Nevertheless, critics and fans around the world have made Falstaff into an essential component of companies' repertoires.
Opera Idaho's other productions this season include Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and a collaboration with Ballet Idaho pairing Igor Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite with Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
Opera Idaho's Falstaff production is directed by David Cox and features Peter Castaldi as Falstaff and Jason Detweiler as the wealthy Ford leading a cast of 10. Individual tickets or season subscriptions are available at operaidaho.org.