Oct 27-29, 2023


Verdi's comic opera based on Shakespeare's timeless character.

Verdi's joyous opera celebrates life, love and laughter. Based on Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor," Falstaff tells the story of a witty and charming rogue who tries to woo two married women. But his plans backfire as the clever ladies plot to teach him a lesson. With sparkling music, witty dialogue and hilarious situations, "Falstaff" will make you laugh out loud.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Great repertoire, lavish scenery, amazing voices and outstanding value—these are the hallmarks of the CU Boulder College of Music Eklund Opera Program. Director Leigh Holman and Music Director Nicholas Carthy bring you the best of classical and contemporary opera in these fascinating productions.

Performance Dates and Times

Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.

Buying Options and Discounts

Save 15-20% with season tickets, available in the Choice Option. Single ticket discounts available for groups (10+), seniors (65+), youth (K-12) and CU Boulder faculty, staff and students. Learn more

Verdi’s opera Falstaff is a comic masterpiece

The name Giuseppe Verdi is likely to conjure up in the mind of the opera lover images of intense – even gritty – dramas. But his final masterpiece, “Falstaff,” comes from a far different realm: the world of comedy.

Henry Michaels

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Eklund Opera Presents Verdi's Madcap Falstaff

‘One of the greatest Italian ensemble operas’ Friday and Sunday

Peter Alexander, Sharps and Flatirons

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Director, Eklund Opera Program

Leigh Holman

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Music Director, Eklund Opera Program

Nicholas Carthy

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