The Peter Langdal production of Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera ‘Falstaff’ is currently being shown at the Copenhagen Opera House. Falstaff is a character well known to Shakespeare fans, since he appears in no less than three of his plays.
Sir John Falstaff (Donnie Ray Albert) is a witty, bombastic and broke nobleman, who is particularly fond of women and wine. When it comes to taking care of his own interests, he gets quite creative and opportunistic, but unfortunately he isn’t sneaky enough to achieve his goals and he ends up getting outwitted by the women he tries to fool. He is a sizeable fellow, but he would have it no other way: his belly defines him and he carries his inflated paunch with joy and pride.