Shakespeare, Boito, Verdi and the Birth of „Falstaff“ – a Masterpiece of the Comic Genre

In this report I have tried to make a connection between Shakespeare, Boito and Verdi. I have tried to explain how difficult it is to create a masterpiece, and how important it is to have a brilliant literary source – such as Shakespeare’s comedy and chronicles, very good libretto and of course, (for an opera) the gift of a genius composer, such as Verdi.