San Francisco Opera broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, October 18, with a performance of Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi. Arrigo Boito adapted the libretto from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately two hours and fifteen minutes.

Falstaff is Verdi's comic masterpiece, an unabashed celebration of 'Merrie Olde' England’s lusty days and bawdy nights. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure.

The San Francisco Opera production stars the renowned Bryn Terfel singing the title role. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

THE CAST
Sir John Falstaff: Bryn Terfel
Alice Ford: Ainhoa Arteta
Ford: Fabio Capitanucci
Nannetta: Heidi Stober
Fenton: Francesco Demuro
Meg Page: Renée Rapier
Dame Quickly: Meredith Arwady
Dr. Caius: Joel Sorensen
Bardolph: Greg Fedderly
Pistol: Andrea Silvestrelli