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15710 Star Starred
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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4.3 average rating
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11 reviews
7 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 arias and music will be disappointed here. I did not do the homework on this...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 the usual lush Verdi. The conductor was wonderful, but the music was sometimes...continued

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41 reviews
3 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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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.

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