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Falstaff Kicking Off Manitoba Opera’s New Season

November 14, 2016 7:00 AM | Entertainment

FalstaffIt’s almost curtain call time on the latest production from the Manitoba Opera.

Falstaff, Verdi’s brilliant comic opera, opens the 2016-17 season later this week.

Falstaff is the musical retelling of Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” and features disguises, cross-dressing, a late-night forest prank, plots, and counterplots. It’s the crowning achievement and final opera of the great Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi.

Baritone Todd Thomas, last seen on the Manitoba Opera stage as Rigoletto in 2012, returns to delve into the title role and Winnipeg’s own Monica Huisman appears as Alice, the merriest of the “Windsor Wives.” Former Winnipegger Gregory Dahl, who appeared last season as George in “Of Mice and Men,” will sing the role of Ford. The ensemble-cast will also include Sasha Djihanian in her Manitoba Opera debut as Nannetta, Lauren Segal as Meg Page, and Lynne McMurtry as Dame Quickly. Another Manitoban, James McLennan, returns to sing Bardolfo, with Christopher Mayell as Dr. Caius, and two additional Manitoba Opera debuts with Tyler Putnam as Pistola and Kevin Myers as Fenton.

Falstaff runs November 19, 22 and 25 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets are available through the Manitoba Opera box office. Visit ManitobaOpera.mb.ca for details.

— Staff