Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall
Cost: $20 adult/$5 students and children. Two for one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, staff, and retirees.
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
David Walsh, director
Mark Russell Smith, conductor
After a lifetime of success as Italy’s undisputed King of Opera, Verdi could have been forgiven for wishing Otello to be his final word on the subject. He was enjoying a pleasant retirement and, initially, resisted attempts by fellow composer and his sometime librettist, Arrigo Boito, to lure him back into the operatic arena. One previous attempt at comic opera, early in his career, had failed disastrously, so Verdi was highly skeptical that, at the age of 78, he could suddenly master the genre. Fortunately for operatic posterity, Boito successfully persuaded Verdi to undertake the project and provided him with a brilliant text, distilling Shakespeare’s three ‘Falstaff’ plays into a vibrant, rollicking tale that inspired Verdi to create the greatest operatic comedy since Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Very rarely performed, Falstaff is a jewel and not be missed!
Pre-opera lobby discussions begin 45 minutes before each performance.
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (2 intermissions)
Thursday, November 15-Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps. More information, including construction updates, is available on the University Parking and Transportation Services website.
Parking is available at the 21st Avenue and 19th Avenue parking ramps on the West Bank at the University of Minnesota. Cost is $6.00 per car, pay as you enter, cash or check only. There are also four parking spaces on the turn circle drive in front of Ted Mann Hall available to Ted Mann patrons needing accessible parking. These spaces are available one hour before event start time and up to ½ hour after Ted Mann event end time. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ted Mann Concert Hall's convenient circular driveway allows patrons easy pick-up and drop-off access to the building.
Tickets: $20 adult/$5 students and children. Two for one tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, staff, and retirees. 612-624-2345 or tickets.umn.edu
More information: opera.umn.edu
To request disability accommodations, please contact Lisa Marshall, School of Music, 612/626-1094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.