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Brown Theater


Oct. 27 - Nov. 10, 2023

Who will get the last laugh?

Falstaff, Verdi’s enduringly popular final masterpiece, recounts the misdeeds of drunken, absurdly vain, formerly thin knight Sir John Falstaff, plucked straight from Shakespeare’s plays. He’s fallen on hard times and, while drinking at an inn, announces his plans to pay off his debts by wooing not one, but two wealthy, married women: Alice Ford and Meg Page. But after he dashes off identical letters to each, they quickly discover his scheme and vow revenge. And as Falstaff—along with the rest of the men in this joyously life-affirming comedy—soon learns, he’s deeply outmatched by the women. With quick scene changes and a large wooden set, this iconic production perfectly captures the feel of an Elizabethan play. The stellar cast features four beloved HGO Studio alumni: baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. as Falstaff, soprano Nicole Heaston as Alice, baritone Blake Denson as her husband Ford, and soprano Andrea Carroll as the young Nannetta. Paula Suozzi creates a new staging of the original production, and Maestro Patrick Summers conducts.

A Production of Los Angeles Opera  

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    2 Hours 20 Minutes. Includes 1 intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in Italian with projected English translation

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Cast & Creative


Reginald Smith, Jr.


Nicole Heaston

Alice Ford

Blake Denson


Andrea Carroll


Jack Swanson


Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mistress Quickly

Emily Treigle

Meg Page

Martin Bakari

Doctor Caius

Michael McDermott


Daniel Noyola


Creative Team

Patrick Summers


Paula Suozzi


Adrian Linford

Set and Costume Designer

Rick Fisher

Lighting Designer

Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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