2018 Season Introduction

9 January
2018

Special Friend and Friend priority booking deadline

21 February
2018

Affiliate Member booking opens

13 March
2018

GO≤35 Member booking opens online

20 March
2018

Performances
16, 18, 21, 29 June 2018
4, 7, 13, 15, 20, 22 July 2018
Start time 6.30pm 

Pre-performance Talk - Monday 18 June, 5pm

The lecherous Falstaff, with his infamous roving eye, has finally met his match. His underhand plans to solve money troubles have the three merry wives of Windsor conspiring to teach him a lesson. They are not the only ones with a grudge to bear and he is soon tormented at every turn until he admits defeat and concludes that  all the world is a joke.

Bursting with wit and beautiful melodies, this supreme example of Italian 19th century comic opera is Verdi's last, set to a sparkling libretto by Arrigo Boito who declared "...to finish with a mighty burst of laughter - that is to astonish the world!"

In this new production, we welcome Henry Waddington (Priest, The Cunning Little Vixen, 2014) in the title role with Mary Dunleavy (Christine, Intermezzo, 2015) as Alice Ford. The Philharmonia Orchestra will be conducted by Richard Farnes, RPS Conductor of the Year 2017, making his Garsington Opera debut. Both Bruno Ravella (director) and Giles Cadle (designer) return having had such a success with Intermezzo in 2015. 

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Sir John Falstaff
Henry Waddington
Alice Ford
Mary Dunleavy
Ford
Richard Burkhard
Meg Page
Victoria Simmonds
Mistress Quickly
Yvonne Howard
Nannetta
Soraya Mafi
Fenton
Oliver Johnston
Dr. Caius
Colin Judson
Bardolfo
Adrian Thompson
Pistola
Nicholas Crawley
Conductor
Richard Farnes
Director
Bruno Ravella
Designer
Giles Cadle
Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth
Movement Director
Tim Claydon
Philharmonia Orchestra & Garsington Opera Chorus
June 2018
Saturday 16 June
Monday 18 June
Thursday 21 June
Friday 29 June
July 2018
Wednesday 4 July
Saturday 7 July
Friday 13 July
Sunday 15 July
Friday 20 July
Sunday 22 July