Giuseppe Verdi borrowed the protagonist of his final opera from William Shakespeare. Inspired by the cheerful anarchist Falstaff, the elderly Verdi reinvented himself in an elegant and finely-wrought musical drama. The crowning jewel of Verdi's oeuvre. This will mark Oscar winner Christoph Waltz's second foray as director at Opera Vlaanderen, following his 'Der Rosenkavalier'.
The production of Falstaff at Opera Vlaanderen will be directed by the Austrian film star, actor and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, who made his debut as opera director in this house with Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier – to much acclaim. The German star baritone Thomas Johannes Mayer, who is known chiefly for his major Wagner roles, makes his debut as Falstaff. He has previously impressed audiences at Opera Vlaanderen as Barak/Die Frau ohne Schatten. The Czech maestro Tomáš Netopil has conducted well-received productions at Opera Vlaanderen such as Die Zauberflöte and The Makropoulos Affair, and promises to bring an impassioned interpretation of Verdi's score.