A collective view of Verdi’s comic opera Falstaff

Falstaff is Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic dramatization of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. The opera’s plot deals with the farcical attempts by Sir John Falstaff to seduce two wealthy women and gain access to their money.

To chronicle this opera with sketches is to capture colorful costumes, dancing, beautiful singing, plenty of expressiveness, and a great deal of motion. That’s what a group of artists from USk San Diego recently did after receiving an invitation to sketch a dress rehearsal at San Diego Civic Theater. 

Here are some of the sketches they produced:

Dame Quickly folding knickers as Sir John Falstaff hides in a clothing hamper.

Sketch by Ella Whitehead

The cooler blue tone expressed the dismay Mr. Ford had over Falstaff’s love towards his wife, Alice. The red chair signified Falstaff’s residence.

Sketch by Joyce Shek

Actor Roberto de Candia as Sir John Falstaff.

Sketch by Lydia Velarde

Falstaff and Mistress Quickly in Act II.

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan

Sketch by Veronika Grechman

To view more sketches from members of Urban Sketchers San Diego visit their blog or Facebook group.

Lead sketch of the character Mistress Quickly by Ann Schwartzwald.

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