Opera superstar Bryn Terfel performs at the Aspen Music Festival for the first time in the role of Falstaff
Shakespeare invented the character of Falstaff, but there’s no Shakespeare play of that name.
Instead, the famously corpulent Falstaff appears in two separate plays, most prominently in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
That is where Verdi found most of the plot for his opera "Falstaff."
Unquestionably, the leading operatic Falstaff of recent decades is Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.
Terfel performed in the title role Friday at the Benedict Music Tent as part of the Aspen Music Festival.
"It’s wonderful to be in Aspen for the first time," Terfel said.