Edward Reicinn- Verdi’s Falstaff

A consultant with M. Putterman & Co. and MPC Containment International, Ltd., Edward Reicin has served for many years as an attorney and business owner. Supplementing these responsibilities, Edward Reicin performed opera in Chicago for 30 years. As a talented bass, he played various roles, including Pistola in L’Opera piccola’s Falstaff.

Of the nearly 300 Shakespeare-inspired operas, Giuseppe Verdi has produced three of the most beloved. Along with Macbeth and Otello, he created Falstaff, based on Henry V’s debauched mentor. Although appearing as a side character in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Window and Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, Sir John Falstaff quickly earned a reputation as one of Shakespeare’s most fun characters.

Approaching 80 years old, Verdi started writing the Italian opera Falstaff with librettist Arrigo Boito. Writing his first comic piece in over half a century, Verdi provided a sense of liveliness and fun worthy of the character. The plot concerns the protagonist attempting to scam two women out of their money before his plot is foiled. Its first performance took place in 1893 at Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Italy. Two years later, it made its North American debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Still popular after more than a century, Falstaff returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 with a reinterpretation set in post-World War II England.