Falstaff was Verdi's last opera, written in the composer's ninth decade, and was only the second of his 28 operas to be a comedy. It was also the third of Verdi's operas to be based on a Shakespearean play, following his earlier Macbeth and Otello.
While it has not proved to be as immensely popular as the Verdi works that immediately preceded it, Aida and Otello, Falstaff has long been an admired favorite with critics and musicians because of its brilliant orchestration, scintillating libretto and refined melodic invention. It is in the standard repertoire of many opera companies.
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