Salieri: Falstaff, or The Three Jokes (1799)
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Shakespeare's Falstaff in music
4. Salieri: Falstaff, or The Three Jokes (1799)
One of the earliest operatic versions of Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', Salieri's Falstaff cuts back the original plot but adds a scene in which Mistress Ford pretends to be German to charm the old knight. The entire opera shows the influence of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', which was being successfully revived at the time.