Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor (1849)
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Shakespeare's Falstaff in music
9. Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor (1849)
When two married women receive love letters from the impoverished Falstaff, they decide to teach him a lesson, tipping him into a ditch from a laundry basket. Pictured in the 1961 Covent Garden production are Mariella Angioletti as Mistress Ford, Josephine Veasey as Mistress Page, Geraint Evans as Falstaff, and Regina Resnick as Mistress Quickly.