Title

Merry Wives of Windsor, Scene 3, No. 7A; Scene 5, No. 7B; Scene 6, No. 7C and 7D

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom D

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Otto Nicolai wrote the opera The Merry Wives of Windsor (1849) based on Shakespeare’s original text, which places Sir John Falstaff in Windsor very short on money. The plot of the entire opera lies around his attempts to court two wealthy married women by sending them identical letters. One of the women is Mistress Page. Here, in Act II Scene II, three different men are trying to win the hand of Page's daughter, Mistress Anne Page. Mistress Page would like her daughter to marry Doctor Caius, a fiery French physician, whereas the girl's father would like her to marry Master Slender, a timid man. Anne herself is in love with Master Fenton, but Page had previously rejected Fenton as a suitor due to his having squandered his considerable fortune on high-class living. Scandal ensues as plots to steal the heart of Anne Page come and go. By the end of the scene, the young couple reaffirm their love for one another. At the end of opera, they marry happily, while Sir Falstaff’s plans lead to ruin and embarrassment. Our cast of 4 music majors have been in rehearsals since the beginning of spring quarter, rehearsing the music, and eventually staging the production to prepare for the performance on May 11th and 12th.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gayla Blaisdell, Torrance Blaisdell

Additional Mentoring Department

Music

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Merry Wives of Windsor, Scene 3, No. 7A; Scene 5, No. 7B; Scene 6, No. 7C and 7D

SURC Ballroom D

Otto Nicolai wrote the opera The Merry Wives of Windsor (1849) based on Shakespeare’s original text, which places Sir John Falstaff in Windsor very short on money. The plot of the entire opera lies around his attempts to court two wealthy married women by sending them identical letters. One of the women is Mistress Page. Here, in Act II Scene II, three different men are trying to win the hand of Page's daughter, Mistress Anne Page. Mistress Page would like her daughter to marry Doctor Caius, a fiery French physician, whereas the girl's father would like her to marry Master Slender, a timid man. Anne herself is in love with Master Fenton, but Page had previously rejected Fenton as a suitor due to his having squandered his considerable fortune on high-class living. Scandal ensues as plots to steal the heart of Anne Page come and go. By the end of the scene, the young couple reaffirm their love for one another. At the end of opera, they marry happily, while Sir Falstaff’s plans lead to ruin and embarrassment. Our cast of 4 music majors have been in rehearsals since the beginning of spring quarter, rehearsing the music, and eventually staging the production to prepare for the performance on May 11th and 12th.