Falstaff

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Pot-bellied, hedonistic, and somewhat cowardly, Sir John Falstaff spends most of his time drinking and scheming. He falls for Alice Ford and Meg Page, two young married women who take pleasure in arousing the old knight’s desire in order to mock his attempts at seduction. With Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi bids farewell to Shakespearean theatre and to his career in opera with a great burst of laughter. To reveal the magic of this opera, at once funny and melancholic, La Monnaie has turned to the acclaimed duo of Alain Altinoglu and Laurent Pelly. Following Cendrillon, The Golden Cockerel, and Don Pasquale, our Music Director and the French stage director promise another bittersweet production for the end-of-year festivities.

Program and cast

Conductor: ALAIN ALTINOGLU
Director & costumes: LAURENT PELLY
Set design: BARBARA DE LIMBURG
Lighting: JOËL ADAM
Chorus master: ALBERTO MORO


Sir John FalstaffR: OBERTO FRONTALI
WERNER VAN MECHELEN (10, 15, 18, 22, 27 DEC)
FordMATTIA OLIVIERI
LIONEL LHOTE (10, 15, 18, 22, 27 DEC)
Fenton: ANICIO ZORZI GIUSTINIANI
Dott. Cajus: RAÚL GIMÉNEZ
Bardolfo: MIKELDI ATXALANDABASO
Pistola: GIOVANNI FURLANETTO
Mrs. Alice Ford: MYRTÒ PAPATANASIU
ANNE-CATHERINE GILLET (10, 15, 18, 22, 27 DEC)
Nannetta: ELENA GALITSKAYA
Mrs. Meg Page: ANGÉLIQUE NOLDUS
Mrs. Quickly: DANIELA BARCELLONA
BETH TAYLOR (10, 15, 18, 22, 27 DEC)


La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus


Production: TEATRO REAL (MADRID)
Co-production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE, OPÉRANATIONAL DE BORDEAUX, TOKYO NIKIKAI OPERA FOUNDATION, NEOESCENOGRAFIA S .L.


In coproduction with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions
With the support of taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the tax shelter of the Belgian federal government

La Monnaie

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.


Today the National Opera of Belgium, a federal institution, takes the name of the theatre in which it is housed. Therefore, la Monnaie or de Munt refers both to the structure as well as the opera company.


As Belgium's leading opera house it is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium. Other opera houses in Belgium, such as the Vlaamse Opera and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, are funded by regional governments.

Johan Jacobs
© Brooke DiDonato – agence VU’
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