UNCG Opera Theatre presents
Giuseppe Verdi’s FALSTAFF
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-aggrandzing 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!
We are thrilled to announce that for our spring production of Verdi’s Falstaff, joining us on stage will be 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.
Read his full bio here.