OGSA’s once and future president Carol Garrard considers Verdi’s farewell gift to the world, his comic masterpiece Falstaff, which we are previewing on March 25 and 30, 2016.
In the autograph score of his last opera, Falstaff, Verdi added this note in his handwriting (translation by M.J. Phillips-Matz, Verdi, p. 718ff.):
The last notes of Falstaff. All is finished! Go, go, old John… Walk on your way as long as you can… amusing type of rogue eternally true, beneath different masks, in every time, in every place! Go, walk, walk, farewell!
No one who has read the libretto carefully can fail to notice that Verdi’s goodbye echoes Falstaff’s own aria at the beginning of Act III. [Read more…]