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The character of Sir John Falstaff – a vain, corpulent and cowardly knight - appears in Shakespeare’s two 'Henry IV' plays and 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. Falstaff has also inspired a number of great classical works.
The legendary Welsh baritone Geraint Evans first played Falstaff at Glyndebourne in 1957 and went on to perform the part around the world, including Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera. His interpretation was described as 'dark-voiced and riotously lustful'.
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