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Sir John in Love

Synopsis
Radio broadcast of Ian Judge’s 2006 revival of Vaughan Williams’ rarely performed opera, based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. With Andrew Shore (baritone, Falstaff), Jean Rigby (mezzo, Mrs Ford), Alastair Miles (bass-baritone, Mr Ford), Marie McLaughlin (soprano, Mrs Page). Oleg Caetani conducts the English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Series
Opera on 3
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
23 Mar 2006
Transmission details
20 May 2006 at 18:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
165 mins
Availability
No archive copy known (1/2008).

Credits

Director
Ian Judge
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor
Oleg Caetani
Cast
Andrew ShoreSir John Falstaff
Marie McLaughlinMistress Margaret Page
Jean RigbyMistress Alice Ford
Alastair MilesFrank Ford
Philip AgnewRobin
Russell SmytheGeorge Page

Additional Details

Theatre
Coliseum, London
Theatre company
English National Opera
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Subjects
Drama; Music; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Falstaff

Notes

Notes
Originally in four acts, this production was performed in 2 acts, both approximately 65 minutes long. The intermission comes between what would originally have been acts two and three.
General
In his opera Vaughan Williams retains all the subplots and minor characters from The Merry Wives of Windsor that most librettists have edited out. In order to provide more opportunities for song, he also imported lyrics from elsewhere in Shakespeare, from Ben Jonson, Marlowe and others, adding them to the plot and the characters.
History
The production originally ran from 2 March to 1 April 2006. The BBC’s recording was first broadcast on 20 May 2006 and then again on 14 May 2022.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

English National Opera

Archive

Name

BoB

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