9 Feb 1893. Verdi’s last opera, Falstaff premieres at La Scala, Milan. Verdi wrote Falstaff, the last of his 28 operas, as he approached the age of 80. It was his second comedy, and his third work based on a Shakespeare play, following Macbeth and Otello. The plot revolves around the thwarted, sometimes farcical, efforts of the fat knight Sir John Falstaff to seduce two married women to gain access to their husbands’ wealth.
It’s also International Read in the Bathtub day!