By Guiseppe Verdi
At Istanbul Süreyya Opera House
Istanbul State Opera and Ballet began to play on stage Guiseppe
Verdi’s last masterpiece “Falstaff” opera. Your writer had no
ticket on the last night, so he waited at the entrance of Süreyya
opera on the evening of April 13 and purchased two tickets from an
opera watchers group at the last minute.
opera was based on William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of
Windsor” and “Henry IV”. Giuseppe Verdi’s last masterpiece”
Falstaff “premiere started at the Kadikoy Sureyya Opera Theater on
Saturday, April 7th.
librettos of Falstaff, were written by Arrigo Boito. The opera was
first performed in Milan in 1893. It is first on stage on our
homeland. There is no overture music. The curtain opens and we find
ourselves suddenly in the flow of events.
work is known as one of the world’s toughest operas in terms of
staging and musical work. the theme is in the 14th century England.
Fatty Falstaff is one of the most entertaining characters created by
Shakespeare. He is married and tries to seduce two good friends Alice
Ford and Meg Page at the same time.
writing the opera, Guiseppe Verdi, was deeply influenced by German
composer Wagner. There are no easy-to-remember Italian melodies in
this opera. The only melody you can mumble with is only in the last
act. The opera is over and you are leaving the final curtain
Bonajuto is the stage director of the work. Opera is performed in
Italian. Conductors Roberto Gianola and Can Okan alternate with the
orchestra. The choreographer is Paolo Villa. Decor design by Efter
Bronze, costume design by Ayşegül Alev, light design realized by
Belen, Kevork Tavityan, Caner Akgün, Alper Göçeri, Murat Güney,
Caner Akın, Ahmet Baykara, Çağrı Köktekin, Can Reha Gün, Engin
Yavuz, Göktuğ Alpaşar, Ali Haydar Taş, Şebnem Ağrıdağ, Ayşe
Sezerman, Deniz Yetim, Dilruba Akgün, Özgecan Gençer, Sevim
Zerenaoğlu, Aylin Ateş , Deniz Likos, Nesrin Gönüldağ, Barbora
Fritscher Hitay, Elif Tuğba Tekışık, are performing alternately
in this opera.
see four beautiful young women on stage. Farsifall character was
performed unique. The male characters were playing with great fun.
The staging was brought to the end of the 19th century. Decor was
balanced, with room wide open for play, the costumes were beautifully
designed. At the last act, stage was very crowded.
understand that the work has been rehearsed hard, nothing to leave to
improvise during the staging. Each mimic, motion, play was very
Falstaff opera is being performed on 10, 11, 13, 14, 21, 24 and 25
April. At the entrance gate you may always purchase a return ticket.
In Süreyya opera, an incredibly beautiful work is staged and it is
absolutely recommended to watch.
14 April 2018
Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department
(1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV
companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail
design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power
plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy
analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software
expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities
and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber
of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
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