Henry Fuseli, Falstaff in the laundry basket, 1792
Giuseppe Verdi, Falstaff
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 2 February 2017
Verdi’s last opera is nostalgically staged by Damiano Michieletto
The 2013 Salzburg production of Damiano Michieletto’s Falstaff finally arrives in Milan, like a devoted message to the city: the Venetian director sets the opera in “Casa Verdi”, the Milanese residence for elderly singers and musicians founded by the composer in 1899 shortly after completing his last work where the old musician sets to music the ludicrous adventures of an old man who does not accept his physical decline and is nostalgic of his times past.
Famous Verdi tunes strummed at the piano introduce us to the Gothic Hall of the nursing home…