Design Process


Written at the end of his illustrious career, Falstaff was Verdi’s final opera and his only comedy. An operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, the bittersweet comedy is a tribute to Sir John Falstaff, an aging giant of a very human man facing the autumn of his life.

The design/directing team chose to embrace the historical period setting and place the action in an autumnal landscape. The staging owes a great deal to the commedia dell’arte and much of the high and low humor, chase scenes and comedic set ups rely on the physical environment and four key objects: a love letter, a folding screen, a laundry basket, and Hearn’s Oak, an ancient “haunted” tree. This production was my second Falstaff and my favorite of the two.


"I have worked with Tom for ten years now and he is one of my favorite fellow travelers. He is a wonderful set designer with a fine sense of art, architecture combined with an a great sense of story telling and an open mind." — Robin Guarino, Director



By: Verdi
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Director: Robin Guarino
Venue: College-Conservatory of Music/ CCM
Scenic Design: Thomas C. Umfrid
Lighting Designer: Josh Reeves
Costume Designer: Dean Mogle
Hair & Makeup: Omyra Diaz-Rodridguez
Technical Director: Mark Rapach
Props Master: Kat Miller
Design Assistants: Clifton Chadick & John Bondi
Stage Manager: Brittanie Sicker
Photographer: Mark Lyons