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A Bit About Falstaff

Wed 8 May 2013

The character of Falstaff appears in three of Shakespeare’s plays, the two Henry IV plays, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  A vain and obese knight, he provides the kind of comic relief that has become so embedded in today’s theatre and cinema.

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David Allsopp – Speed Interview

Tue 7 May 2013

Countertenor David Allsopp joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment in our Bach journey, at Kings Place. 

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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)



Himself: Despite his innate musical ability (he began studying music at the age of three), Verdi’s application for the Milan Conservatory was rejected due to his lack of piano technique and discipline. In 1839, he moved to Milan and he had his first success with Nabucco and also his first failure, with the comedy Un giorno di negro. He only composed one other comedy in his career: Falstaff, his last opera.

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James Anderson, OAE musician, tells us a bit about his Cimbasso which he’ll be playing at our Glyndebourne performances of Falstaff  this summer…

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