Verdi's Falstaff at Kennedy Center Opera House
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The last date listed for Falstaff was Tuesday October 27, 2009 / 7:30pm.
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Larry Golfer
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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 arias and music will be disappointed here. I did not do the homework on this opera, and so although I expected the type of grand opera music as in La Traviata, Rigoletto, etc., I didn't hear it. The production is more operetta and slapstick than opera, and with no memorable melodies or outstanding performances. Also, although the seats were center orchestra Row Y and I thought they were great, it turned out the acoustics were such that the orchestra many times drowned out the singers and it was difficult to hear the singers without the orchestra interfering. Perhaps if we had sat closer, it would have been a more satisfying experience. On the positive side, there were quite a few laughs for Falstaff as the buffoon, so the evening was not a total loss as the humor made it enjoyable, although not as an opera experience. As another reviewer wrote, the second half is definitely better than the first, and the night scene finale was visually stunning. But overall, again, for those who like opera, it will be a disappointment. I think the audience reflected this with the tepid applause at the end, with no one standing, and no curtain calls, although as a night of entertainment, I could see people had a fun night there.
Quotes & Highlights
- "One of the true great Verdi baritones of our generation.” --BBC Music, on Alan Opie
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.