A scene from Opera Colorado's 2018 production of "Falstaff" at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. 

(Photo: Matthew Staver)

“Falstaff” holds a special place in the career of legendary opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. It marked the last of Verdi’s 28 operas, a late-career masterstroke. He composed it shortly before he turned 80, and it’s one of his only comedic operas.

Listen at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, for a complete performance of Opera Colorado’s new production of “Falstaff,” recording on opening night of the production at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It’s the latest broadcast in our CPR Classical In Concert series.

“Falstaff” borrows elements from William Shakespeare’s plays “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV.” The opera tells the story of the title character, a scheming but inept knight. He spends the opera trying to win over two wealthy women who outsmart him at every turn.

Click the audio link about to hear the full story, featuring the cast from Opera Colorado's new production.

Read more about the cast of Opera Colorado's "Falstaff."