UNCG School of Theatre and Music present Verdi’s Shakespearean Comedy Falstaff
UNCG School of Theatre, in collaboration with UNCG School of Music, invites you to share in the breath-taking sounds of the opera production Fallstaff, playing April 4-7 at the UNCG Auditorium. The production will transport you into a hilarious world where Fallstaff’s ambitious ploy to make quick money is told through song and spectacle.
After a string of successful operatic tragedies and melodramas, Verdi took his final leave of the stage with a quicksilver comedy that casts a wise but wry glance at the foibles of human nature. Falstaff, the fat knight, is full of vanity and self-deceit; but his attempts to seduce the Merry Wives of Windsor are carried out with such self-aggrandizing swagger, confidence and sheer verve that he sweeps all before him. Verdi’s flowing melodies and novel orchestration complement every twist and turn of Shakespeare’s riotous plot!
Verdi’s Falstaff will feature Metropolitan Opera baritone, Richard Zeller as Falstaff. American baritone Richard Zeller has consistently received high acclaim. For his portrayal of Scarpia, the Calgary Herald wrote “His performance was entirely authentic and wholly dominating,” and commended his “flawless vocal mastery.” A frequent performer on concert stages, Oregon Music News praised him as “a commanding presence housing a brilliant vocal instrument.” Since making his Metropolitan Opera debut, he has appeared with the Met in such roles as Marcello in La bohème, Ernesto in Il Pirata, Eddie in A View from the Bridge, Coroebus in Les Troyens, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. His other opera appearances include Germont in La Traviata with Scottish Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Portland Opera, and San Diego Opera; productions of Boris Godunov and Andrea Chénier with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Athanaël in Thaïs with English National Opera at the Barbican in London; and in the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera de Bordeaux, Opera de Vichy and Portland Opera.
Artistic Director of the opera, David Holley, has been the Director of Opera at UNCG since 1992 and he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera in June 2013. Recent directing/producing credits include two acclaimed Greensboro Opera productions, La Cenerentola (August, 2015) and La fille du régiment (January, 2015). His productions have consistently won awards in the National Opera Association’s annual Opera Production Competition, including seven first place and three second place NOA awards since his arrival at UNCG.
Tickets are available at the UNCG Theatre Box Office by phone at 336-334-4392 or in person at 406 Tate Street, Greensboro. Tickets are also available one hour before the show in the UNCG Auditorium Box Office at 408 Tate St. To purchase tickets online please visit www.triadstage.org/tickets. The UNCG Theatre Box Office hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
About the UNC Greensboro School of Theatre
The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre educates and trains students as professional artists in performance, design, theatre for youth, and theatre education. Our rigorous BA, BFA, and MFA programs produce exemplary theatre artist with the knowledge, skills, and vision to work professionally in the performing arts. The School of Theatre is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse, engaged, artistically well-balanced body of future professionals, performers, and teachers. Our mission is to nurture our students’ dreams, enhance their talents, and help them to turn passion into purpose on and off the stage.
About the UNCG Opera Theatre
The UNCG Opera Theatre, under the direction of David Holley, annually produces at least four operas. In the fall, the annual “Tour to the Schools” reaches over 10,000 area school children and a chamber opera is presented in November (Amahl and the Night Visitors in even years). In the spring, the School of Music and the School of Theatre join forces on a large-scale opera, and the UNCG Opera Theatre collaborates with the Greensboro Opera to present GO’s signature outreach program, “Opera at the Carolina,” in which every fifth grader in Guilford County (6,000+) attends a live opera at the downtown Carolina Theatre.
Since 1993, UNCG’s productions have regularly earned awards in the National Opera Association’s Annual Opera Production Competition, including seven first place awards for: Susannah, Little Women, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Consul, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Don Giovanni. Second place was awarded for our productions of Gianni Schicchi, Albert Herring, La vida breve, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei, which Mr. Glass attended, and he worked with the cast.
About UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 50 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 2,800+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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