Bryn Terfel in rehearsal, The Royal Opera © 2017 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Falstaff in Concert

2729 November 2020
£6 – £120
Main Stage
Opera and music

Due to the lockdown announced for England, it is with sadness that we must cancel all scheduled performances of Falstaff and Ariodante for live audiences. Due to the smaller artistic forces required, we are pleased to be able to perform Ariodante as a live-stream concert. We would like to thank all our Friends, patrons and audiences for their ongoing support during this challenging time.

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterful last opera tells the tale of a portly knight with an irrepressible appetite for life, love and laughter. A score full of quicksilver switches in mood and tempo matches the sprightliness of a spirited libretto based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV plays.

This unmissable operatic treat unites world-leading singers – including bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Rebecca Evans and baritone Simon Keenleyside – with The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano, who conducts the Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and a cast that includes members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in a celebratory in-concert atmosphere.

Buying tickets

According to current government guidelines, you must only attend performances with individuals from your household or support bubble.

Seats are being allocated to ensure safe social distancing for all audience members. The maximum amount of seats that can be purchased is two. There are a limited amount of single seats available. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Although every effort has been made to ensure the best views, some seats may be subject to restricted viewing.

You can choose an area of the auditorium in which to sit and a pricing zone – we will then send you your seat number(s) with your confirmation email. No paper tickets will be issued for this event. After receiving your confirmation email you will receive an e-ticket with your seat number. You can also find your ticket within the My Account area.

Safety information

We are working hard to keep our audiences and staff safe. We ask that you please:

Follow the one way system, and instructions from staff

Wear a mask at all times

Keep distance from those around you.

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Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all.

After being tossed in a laundry basket and tipped into the Thames, Falstaff is feeling distinctly sorry for himself. But when the plot is revealed, Falstaff accepts the mockery with stoical dignity. After all, as the opera concludes, ‘Tutto nel mondo è burla’ – all the world’s a joke.


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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