Venue Details

862 Star Starred
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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Member Tips

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KC Cafe on the Terrace Level of Kennedy Center is great!
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Arrive early and back in to park, makes it easier to exit. KC parking is expensive!
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It was opening night -- lots of folks dressed up, but others were casual.
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Mark-goldstar
Try Cupa Cupa across the street for a low cost, basic meal.
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Mark-goldstar
I usually can find a meter on Virginia Ave. a block or two away; and pay until the 6:30 expiration
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kevharb
If you are running late, you can buy a sandwich in the lobby.
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.3 average rating
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11 reviews
6 stars
attended Oct 12 2009

Very mixed feelings about this performance, unfortunately more negative than positive. On the negative side, anyone familiar with opera who likes the big, beautiful Verdi... continued

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3 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 10 2009

This opera is frenetic. The second half is definitely better than the first. The finale is great. The singers were adequate. The costumes were OK. The music is not... continued

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40 reviews
27 stars
attended Oct 12 2009

The music was very good, but the performers had weak voices and struggled to be heard. I thought the staging was gimmicky and distracting, but most other people seemed to like it.

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Website

http://www.dc-opera.org/performances/falstaff.asp

Quotes & Highlights

“One of the true great Verdi baritones of our generation.” —BBC Music, on Alan Opie

Description

What happens when an old knight who fancies himself a ladies’ man sends identical love letters to two married women?  Plenty, as Sir John Falstaff (Alan Opie), Shakespeare’s drunken, but much loved rascal, discovers when the merry wives of Windsor (and a few furious husbands) decide to teach him a lesson.  Verdi’s last opera shows the master at the peak of his power and displays some of his most inventive melodies.  This stunning production is directed by Christian Räth and conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing in his WNO debut.

Making his WNO debut, baritone Alan Opie was nominated for the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Falstaff and hailed as “…one of the true great Verdi baritones of our generation.” –BBC Music

This intriguing production is directed by Christian Räth and conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington National Opera

As the resident opera company of the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera (WNO) draws on a rich history to offer high-quality grand opera featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Additionally, WNO serves as a vital resource throughout the Washington metro area, bringing opera to a broad public through its award-winning education and community programs.